Michael Pease is a 23-year-old graduate student whose previous experiences included 7 ½ years in Missouri’s foster care system. His story is one of persistence, and he is continuing to climb. One of Michael’s adult supporters said, “Michael triumphed over many adversities to become a very successful young man.

Many have been inspired by him and his self-motivation to do well and overcome his past. He has always had a drive to work harder and do more. Despite taking 19 credit hours a semester Michael still found the time to work two jobs and maintain an excellent grade point average.” After graduating from college, Michael was accepted to the MBA program at William Woods University.

He still supports himself by holding down 2 part-time jobs and was recently promoted to customer services manager at Walmart. Michael also stays involved a number of extracurricular organizations. He works with Phi Alpha Theta, is a member of Business Undergraduate Society and Students in Free Enterprise, and helps with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

Michael is doing at 23 what many never do, and what many do not dream is possible for youth from foster care. We recognize Michael’s ability to overcome and appreciate his example in breaking down barriers for all of us.

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2012 Outstanding Young Leaders