Ashley Tilley’s Journey From Foster Care To College | KERA News

Ashley Tilley’s Journey From Foster Care To College

Aug 28, 2013

Ashley Tilley wasn’t completely alone. She had her older sister along at least some of the time while she was bouncing around the foster care system. Her mother was coping with a mental illness, so Ashley had to come to terms with a new normal.

She tells KERA’s Krys Boyd that she and her sister are “just now talking about it ’cause it’s a shock…. You think it’s normal until you see other people and then it’s not.”

Ashley graduated with honors from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, and received a full scholarship to Texas Christian University where she plans to study social work.

On Students Speak Out: A KERA American Graduate Special, Ashley and five other students will talk about what it takes to finish school. The program airs on KERA TV Wednesday at 7 p.m.