That Wayne Davis wound up at UT at all is a story of hard work, persistence, and a little bit of luck.
A native of Orange County, North Carolina, Davis was inspired to pursue higher education by some of his childhood friends’ parents, who were teachers. While that would make him the first in his family to attend college, there was a problem.
“My father said he wanted me to attend college, that he knew how badly I wanted to go,” said Davis. “He told me we just didn’t have the finances, so I’d have to support myself.”