James grew up in Nigeria, where his parents struggled to support 5 children and his grandmother on $50 per month.  Half of the family's income could sometime cover rent, water & electricity, while the other half was divided between school, books, supplies, frequent hospital bill for malaria, transportation and food. Months would pass when no money was left for food--they bought on "credit."  James walked to school in his torn clothes, bags and sandals, sometimes wearing sweaters in sweltering tropical heat to cover a torn shirt, but he never bothered his parents to avoid worrying them.  Like many government workers, his parents were sometimes not paid for up to 9months/yr. In 1997, his father moved to Austria and in 2001, his mother moved to the U.S., both in search of work.  The children were left behind, with James (the oldest at age 12) managing the home and finances with money sent from abroad, while maintaining a good position in class. Two years ago, when his father finally managed to reunite the family in the U.S. after six years, his school transition posed another obstacle.  Being held back demoralized him, but a teacher, citing his work ethic, referrred to him as the most outstanding student she has had in her 26 years of teaching. James recently completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas - Austin, where he has been training to become a pharmacist.