Meet the 2014 Scholars!

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

This summer DO-IT will host its twenty-second annual Summer Study program for DO-IT Scholars, providing participants the opportunity to experience life on a college campus and explore challenging academic and career fields such as those in science, engineering, and computing. Primary funding for the Scholars program is provided by the State of Washington. For more information, visit

Phase I Scholars Kayla and McKenna work with a tray of plants in jars.
2013 Scholars Kayla and McKenna examine plants
in a botany lab during Summer Study 2013.

I am pleased to introduce you to the new Scholars:

Aja likes studying math and science at Glacier Peak High School in Everett. She has cerebral palsy. She participates in Future Farmers of America competitions and plans to study neurobiology in college.

Alex attends the International School in Bellevue. He enjoys math and science and is interested in securing a career in these skills. He has an autism spectrum disorder.

Anita's two favorite classes are math and biology at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. She aspires to be a teacher or psychologist. Swimming is her sport of choice.

Calleese enjoys her science and English classes at Vancouver iTech Preparatory. She will be taking classes with Running Start in September. She is in the orchestra, belongs to the Key Club, and is a member of the yearbook staff. In her free time, she likes to volunteer. Her disability affects her reading and writing.

Carl would like to study business or law after graduating from Woodinville High School. His favorite classes are history and math. He hopes to join the Future Business Leaders of America. Carl has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Eric, who has a visual impairment, keeps busy outside of school with soccer, drums, and volunteer work. At Skyline High School, he enjoys classes in math and science. In college, he thinks he will major in computer engineering or business.

Jason, who is busy with cross country, swimming, and track, saves time for his academic interests in math and science. He would like to pursue engineering. Jason attends Mountlake Terrace High School and is legally blind.

Jin Ning's favorite classes are math and reading. He is on the honor roll at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He wants to attend a college where being hard of hearing will be appropriately accommodated.

Three Scholars sit on accessible bikes during Outdoors for All.
2013 Scholars Kayla and McKenna examine plants in a botany lab during Summer Study 2013.

Kennedy attends Wilson High School in Tacoma. He has cerebral palsy. His favorite classes are science and English, and he would like to be a psychologist.

Lindsey has spinal muscular atrophy type 2. She enjoys her classes in English and digital graphic arts at Graham-Kapowsin High School. She plans on study literary arts in college.

Mike is an advisory representative in student government at Tonasket High School. He is also active in a youth group. He is visually impaired with right-sided weakness. He enjoys using technology.

Mikaela would like to go in to the medical field. Her favorite classes are health science and technology. She attends Running Start classes at Columbia Basin College.

Matthew likes studying engineering and science. He attends high school in Spokane. He would like to study mechanical engineering in college.

Sangha has an autism spectrum disorder. He would like to be a computer programmer. He enjoys his classes in math and music at Bellevue High School. He likes to play video games in his spare time.

Sean enjoys engineering and math classes at South Kitsap High School. With his experiences in auto shop, he helps his family save gas and diagnose issues. He looks forward to going to college.

Teo, who has a learning disability, wants to be a computer engineer. His favorite classes are science and math at Granite Falls High School. He is an active member of the Associated Student Body.

Thor was 10th grade homecoming royalty at Burlington-Edison High School. He likes history and English. He plans on studying accounting, forensic science, and ranching in college. He recently built a website for his family ranch. Thor has desmin myopathy muscular dystrophy.

Vanessa likes math and computing classes and enjoys photography. Her ideal job is food critic. Vanessa has Ollier's disease and Maffucci syndrome. She lives in Clinton.