When Tess Wilson was homeless, she remembers walking around the University District and watching the students, wishing with all her heart to be one of them. “I wanted better for myself, and I was willing to do anything it took to get there,” she says.
Wilson’s road to school started with a job as a massage therapist. Then she enrolled in community college, transferring to the University of Washington to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental health and occupational health science, graduating cum laude. Her next step? Pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy — and receiving the Bonderman Travel Fellowship.