Success Stories

Success comes in many forms. We are proud of all that our scholars have achieved! Meet some of the incredible people who have graduated from our program.
Maddy Heikkila
Maddy earned her business degree from Webster University in three years. She is an Associate in Human Resources at HOK. Maddy previously served as the BHGH STL Associate Board president and tutored scholars rising in the program. She is a volunteer who continues to give back to her community, spending time with the Young Leaders Initiative at the YMCA, a program that impacted her as a child at Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis.
Brijhette Farmer
Brijhette came to Girls Hope in 6th grade and was raised by an elderly and loving aunt. Together, they decided that BHGH STL would offer life-changing opportunities and therefore was worth the sacrifice of living apart. As her aunt’s health failed, the staff and volunteers at BHGH STL continued to surround both of them as a network of love and support. Brijhette worked hard to grow academically, spiritually, and emotionally. She thrived. After graduating with honors from Nerinx Hall High School, she went on to Webster University. Within the span of three years, she completed a double bachelor’s in pre-architecture and German. In May of 2014, Brijhette obtained her master’s degree in architecture and planning. Brijhette is an outspoken advocate for the program and an active mentor. She aspires to return to St. Louis and engage in urban renewal in her home community.
Kevin Rucker
As a child, Kevin’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. While his other siblings went to live with various members of his extended family, Kevin came to BHGH STL. Before becoming an officer in the Air Force, Kevin completed his degree at the University of Missouri where he was active in campus ministry. He now works at Scott Air Force Base as a civilian transportation engineer. He and his wife have three children.

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