Raised by a single mom, Rhea Webb ’12 lived with the constant pang of hunger, took city buses to school and juggled part-time jobs to help pay the rent. A college prep program changed her life. With the help of a high school teacher turned fairy godmother — who sent her off with a new wardrobe, a laptop and textbooks — Webb had a ball at USD.
After settling in at school, Webb couldn’t wait to get her foot in the door at juvenile hall. She was a freshman looking for a place to volunteer. She understood what the kids there were going through and wondered, if not for family support, whether she could’ve ended up in their shoes. Webb dedicated the next four years to helping them see their potential.
“USD was a dream come true,” she says. “These have been the best four years of my life.”