Anthony D. Ross
Anthony D. Ross
At age 13, Anthony lost his grandmother to heart disease who was the sole caretaker at the time, he never knew his dad, and his mother was a drug addict. After his grandmother died, he and his sisters were living in his mom's house with no water, heat, or electricity for months due to her drug use. They ran out of the house when she tried to murder them one night with a meat cleaver.
Anthony and his sisters were separated when some of them joined their father’s family while Anthony ended up homeless sleeping in cars and homeless shelters in Washington, D.C. Anthony wanted to go to high school so bad but could not because he needed to feed and clothe himself at such a young age. At age 16, he enrolled into a G.E.D. program so that he could have time to work at Starbucks during the day and Ruby Tuesdays during the night and still go to school. After Anthony earned his G.E.D., he stayed up until three and four in the morning teaching myself algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, functions, and geometry on the computer from watching YouTube videos and had tutors come out to the shelter to tutor him to prepare for the SAT/ACT exams because he wanted to go to college. In 2008, Anthony was accepted into college and spent 4-6 hours a day in the library studying ahead of the syllabi and earned a 4.0 GPA his freshmen year.
While in college, Anthony interned for the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty, where he and President Obama performed several initiatives together which he was able to see first-hand and served as a guest speaker at the British Embassy. The United States of America recognized him and 14 other homeless students in America for thier courageous efforts of drafting a Homeless Youth Act to Congress before receiving awards from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Anthony was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and was on the President’s and Dean's List since freshmen year. Out of all political science majors at my University, he won the department award. Anthony served three years in the Student Government Association and was elected Student Body President of the university his junior year.
On May 5th 2013, Anthony graduated with Great Honors (Magna Cum Laude), in the top percentile of his graduating class and department. He is now aspiring to become a politician and someday run for President of the United States of America.