Homeless teen becomes valedictorian, gets $3 million in scholarships


A teenager from Memphis, Tenn. became a valedictorian at his high school and earned more than $3 million in college scholarships, all while experiencing homelessness.

Local Fox News affiliate Fox13 reports that 17-year-old Tupac Mosley maintained a 4.3 GPA his senior year after his father’s death led to the family’s eviction from their home. Mosley moved from home to home over the last several months of his high school career, staying with different people and non-profit organizations.

Prior to his high school graduation, Mosley received more than 50 college scholarships totaling more than $3 million.

“When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” he told Fox News. {mosads}

During his valedictorian speech last week, Mosley thanked those who encouraged him on his academic journey, and encouraged other students not to succumb to hard circumstances. 

“I knew that I had to make them proud. I knew that their investment was worth it that and just show them that – yes, everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million and counting,” Mosley said. “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

Mosley plans to major in electrical engineering at Tennessee State University.


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