There’s a guy in Austin named David Carter who’s in his mid-60s. And he’s been homeless off-and-on for the last few decades. But he’s a very smart guy.
He was a student at the University of Texas until he dropped out in 1975. Since then, he’s struggled with addiction . . . schizophrenia . . . and he’s had to beg for money just to get by.
But late last year, a journalism student named Ryan Chandler interviewed him for an assignment on homelessness in Austin. Then his piece got published, and the school’s official alumni newspaper also did a story on him.
And now, 44 years after David dropped out . . . Ryan is helping him go BACK to college.
They tracked down David’s old transcripts and found out he’s 64 credit hours away from a Fine Arts degree . . . which is roughly a year’s worth of classes. So Ryan petitioned the school to let him back in. And last month, they DID.
Ryan and David were hoping to get a Pell Grant to cover his tuition. But then an anonymous alumni member came forward, and THEY offered to pay.
He’s majoring in studio art. His first class starts tomorrow.