HIGH Program’s first graduate gives back by volunteering

Khari Dickey ’14 was the first student to benefit from the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program after its establishment in 2013 by Jacqueline Wilson, Wayne State University’s first lady.

The program works to ease the financial burden on students in need who are working to complete their degree. After graduating from WSU with a bachelor’s in kinesiology, Dickey went on to earn a master’s in exercise and sport’s medicine.

She is now pursuing a clinical career in exercise physiology and volunteering with the HIGH Program in her free time. Wayne State University recently featured a profile on Dickey and the HIGH Program, excerpt below with a link to the full article.


Read HIGH Program’s first grad recounts help she received

Walking across the stage at Commencement was an important event in Khari Dickey’s life. It signaled the completion of a goal that she had worked hard to achieve since childhood.

“I was raised by my mother in a single-parent home,” Dickey remembered. “She wanted me to be successful, and instilled in me the importance of commitment, dedication, sacrifice and working very hard to achieve your dreams.”

Throughout high school, Dickey was a high academic performer and frequent volunteer. She surrounded herself with friends who were also committed to a higher standard.

Following graduation, Dickey charted a new course, pursuing a bachelor’s in kinesiology at Wayne State University. Dependent upon financial aid and working as a student assistant, the financial challenges were daunting but seemed manageable — that is, until the summer of 2013.

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