Once a homeless youth with a devastating addiction to drugs and alcohol, Mark Bennett has overcome countless impediments and is on route to a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. With the help of case workers and counselors from an organization called YouthCare, Bennett got off the streets, got sober, gained custody of his son Elijah, and set his sights on the UW Mathematics program. Here, he has thrived.
As a participant in the prestigious McNair Scholars Program and recipient of the Department of Mathematics’ Bleakney Endowed Scholarship (among others), Bennett is getting the support and preparation he needs to eventually pursue his Ph.D. in mathematics. In the meantime, he devotes himself to his studies and community service, sharing his story, advocating for math and science, and volunteering with the organizations that were so instrumental in his journey.