Despite the Odds, College Pathways Student Daniel Ethridge Shows That the Sky’s the Limit

Daniel Ethridge has overcome a life of adversity to become a college student. Daniel says he chose the College Pathways program “because it was possibly the only chance to go to college I had.” After the program, Daniel plans to look for other scholarships to continue his education and eventually obtain his doctorate in engineering.

His story is inspiring and shows that if you set your mind to it, the sky’s the limit. Read more of Daniel’s story, in his own words, below.

Academic Institution: Huston-Tillotson University
Declared Major: Engineering
Hometown: Conroe, Texas

My name is Daniel Ethridge, and I have a sixth-grade education. I was born in Amarillo, Texas, and lived near Lubbock for five years before moving through several foster homes living situations for an additional five years. This all came to an end when I moved to Alabama, where I completed my last year of primary school and became a pseudo-shut-in who barely left the house at all for eight whole years.

I moved back to Texas two and one-half years ago in search of a job. After being a bagger at Kroger and an unloader at Wal-Mart, my admission to Job Corps was finally allowed, after four months. I arrived in Gary on October 20, 2015, coming up on two years ago now. Now I am a current Huston-Tillotson student pursuing a degree in engineering. Because of Gary and the College Pathways program, I have seen that I can, literally, do anything I set my mind to. I saw it, because I did it, and am doing it now.

Thank you so much to the Tom Joyner Foundation and Gary Job Corps for giving me this opportunity.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.