Against all odds: A foster care success story!

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Statistics would say he’d never make it. Society would label and agree. But sometimes that’s just motivation enough to prove everyone wrong.

In a sea of graduates, the pomp and circumstance of success brings comradery to the class of 2014 at UNA. But in this class, there’s one success story that stands out.

David Petty and his twin brother Howard were 16 when they were pulled into foster care with their younger brother Keith.

They learned about life, lies and love early. But the greatest of these is love, and that would keep the brothers together. John and Sandra Allrey of Athens took the brothers to raise.   Adding two children at once was a huge task, not to mention the obvious difference -- the Petty brothers were teenagers.

In 2010, David received a Kids to Love Scholarship. He earned the right for renewal, and in 2012, brought his brothers.

Three brothers from Elkmont who’ll be taking classes at UNA and Calhoun. Twins David and Howard Petty are pursuing careers in social work.

"It gives a lot of teens a second chance at, you know, doing something important with their lives to do something with their lives that most people think couldn’t happen,” David Petty said in August of 2012.

Excelling in leadership roles at school and with his fraternity, and earning a 4 point oh his last semester.

“David Petty,” the announcer calls as he walks across the stage to receive his degree.

“I’ve had some help along the way; yourself, my foster parents, my brother, friends, fraternity brothers, at the end of the day, thankful to God, people who have been in my life. I received a lot of scholarships before I came to college, Kids to Love means the most to me just because I was a kid to love and I got that scholarship money and it helped me to where I am now,” David said.

Giving you roots and wings so you can fly!

David Petty is in the first week of classes at the University of Alabama, working toward his master’s in social work. His twin brother, Howard, is a junior at Alabama A & M, also studying social work.

These are two of the more than 400 college scholarships Kids to Love has awarded to local youth in foster care over the last ten years. Click here to find out how you can become a scholarship partner with Kids to Love.