In late May, a nonprofit group called Education Reach for Texans, which seeks to promote post-secondary success for former foster youth, held its fifth annual conference at Austin Community College.
For the first time, the two-day event featured a daylong gathering for former foster students to share their experiences with one another.
The individuals pictured below, all of whom successfully enrolled in higher education and either earned degrees or are on the verge of doing so, were just a few of the participants.
They shared some of their thoughts with the Tribune about transitioning to college, tuition waivers provided by the state and the value of higher education. Portions of their comments are included with each portrait.
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