Homeless valedictorian earns $3 million in scholarships


Becoming homeless your senior year in high school is the kind of thing that can really throw your future for a loop.

It happened to one teen in Tennessee, but he stayed focused and graduated as valedictorian and was offered millions of dollars in scholarships.

Raleigh Egypt High School graduate Tupac Mosley says his goal was to receive $1 million in college scholarships.

The high school valedictorian says he was shocked after surpassing his goal and getting accepted into more than 40 colleges.

“When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated,” Mosely said. 

Mosely is preparing to move into a permanent home after becoming homeless.

“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home Feb. 21 of this year, so we went to different homes so far and we were blessed to have For the Kingdom,” Mosley said.

For the Kingdom is a camping site and nonprofit organization that helps lead urban children and teens in Memphis in the right direction.

Mosley says if it wasn’t for the director allowing him and his family to stay there, college may have not been an option.

The student managed to keep a 4.3 GPA.

On Sunday during his graduation speech, he thanked his principal and teachers for believing in him.

“Everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million in counting,” Mosley said. “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

Mosley said he has decided to attend Tennessee State University. He plans on majoring in electrical engineering.

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