October 2009… Former foster child in Chicago now a million-dollar scholar. Derrius Quarles won more than $1 million in scholarship offers, including a full ride at Morehouse. He is a graduate of Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago. When Quarles was 5, the state took him away from his mother. He spent his childhood bouncing from home to home before ending up on his own at 17 in an apartment on Chicago's South Side. His arrival is a story of inspiration and anguish. And it's a testament to his determination to prove that he is better than his beginnings.
He won more than $1 million in scholarship offers, including a full ride at Morehouse. He won full scholarships to five universities, the Gates Millennium Scholarship worth $160,000 and the Horatio Alger and Coca-Cola scholarships, each worth $20,000, to name a few. He'll use most of it to pay for advanced schooling.