A 17-year-old from Tennessee has earned enough money to pay for his own college tuition by selling newspapers on the street.
“I just stay away from the negativity and try to always be positive,” Kevuntez King told WHBQ.
King, who grew up in a single-parent home, says his mother shaped his life and motivated him to work hard.
“She just taught me how to be independent [and] wanted me to go get it myself,” King said.
Since the age of 12, he has been selling newspapers with the objective of not only gaining admission into college, but earning enough money to pay for his own tuition.
According to WHBQ, King might have sold tens of thousands of newspapers to make his dream come true.
“When it came down to school, my mom didn't have to come out of pocket to do anything [and] I didn't have to take out any loans [...],” King said of his goal.
King has gained many admirers since working at the east Memphis intersection selling the newspapers. His supporters respect his positive attitude and work ethic. Meanwhile, he managed to receive straight-A grades in school and played various sports.
“I bowled, I golf, I play tennis; I also swim and I played baseball and basketball,” King said.
The Memphis teen has made about $200 every Sunday for the past five years and has been accepted into Tennessee State University. Due to his hard work, he has enough money to independently pay for his college education.
“Make sure you surround yourself with people [who are] trying to go up in life and not trying to bring you down. Just stay positive and always believe in yourself and push for it,” King said.
King plans on studying physical therapy at TSU, according to KIRO.