Snoqualmie student selected to participate in program for scholars with disabilities

About 45 college-bound high school students with disabilities, including Snoqualmie’s Jordan Gatewood, took part in the DO-IT Scholars Summer Study program at the University of Washington.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) is funded by the state of Washington, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

From July 18 to 28, the DO-IT Scholars will live on campus, participating in an intensive program designed to promote college and career success. The students will learn about challenging careers in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“DO-IT Scholars learn about college life by living in a dorm, getting along with a roommate, participating in academic classes, preparing for challenging careers, and having fun,” explains Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, founder and director of DO-IT. “Year-round, they communicate via the Internet with their new friends and are mentored by successful adults with disabilities. Year after year, they connect through DO-IT activities and are supported as they transition to college and careers. Many successful DO-IT Scholars continue in the program as mentors to younger participants.”

Second and third year students prepare for academic programs and careers while mentoring first year students. They also complete challenging projects while on campus. This year, they will work on projects in fields such as neurobiology and robotics.

The program targets high school sophomores and juniors with disabilities in Washington State who are interested in pursuing higher education. Students apply to the program during the fall with recommendations from their parents, teachers, and counselors. Selected students are loaned computers, software, and adaptive technology to use in their homes as they learn to use the technology as a tool for empowerment. The program continues with independent projects and Internet interaction with mentors, teachers, and fellow students during the school year.

For information about Scholars or other DO-IT programs and activities, visit, email or call 206-685-3648 or 888-972-3648.