A homeless high school student in the United States has received more than $3 million in college scholarships after graduating as valedictorian in his class, regardless of financial hardship.
Tennessee 17-year-old Tupac Mosley earned more than 50 scholarships totaling more than $3 million and acceptance offers from 40 different colleges, Fox13 reported.
“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year,” Mosley told FOX13.
He added: “When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much.”
During his graduation speech, Mosley inspired his Raleigh Egypt High School peers by telling them that his story is an example that nothing is impossible and that they could also achieve what he accomplished.
“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb,” he said.
Mosley shared that he and his family went to different homes but were blessed to have For the Kingdom, a nonprofit organization and camping site that helps “lead urban children and teens in Memphis in the right direction.”
For the Kingdom is a retreat center where urban youth in Memphis are granted the means and support to bring their lives back on track. With For the Kingdom's contribution of a stable home environment, Mosley was able to focus on his studies. With the help of this nonprofit organization, his teachers, and his principal, he was well-aware his success was a collective effort.
He said, “I knew that I had to make them proud. I knew that their investment was worth it and just show them that—yes, everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million and counting.”
In the fall, Mosley plans to study electrical engineering and mentioned that he will be attending Tennessee State University.