On Saturday, May 16th 2010 Fund a Brighter Future participant Takeva Hicks graduated from Christian Brothers University (CBU). Takeva, the 2011 valedictorian of Byhalia High School, graduated from CBU cum laude with a degree in biochemistry, focusing on optometry. She plans to take a year off and apply to optometry schools for 2016.
One week later, her 2010 Fund a Brighter Future and Byhalia High School classmate Ashley Harvell graduated from the University of Mississippi. Ashley graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing which she worked towards at the Ole Miss Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She plans to take a nursing job in Memphis before relocating in the next year.