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University of Tennessee offers free tuition to bullied student who designed viral shirt

Facebook/ Laura Snyder

The University of Tennessee offered an elementary school student who was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt a four-year scholarship.

The university will award the student the scholarship covering his tuition for four years starting in 2028 if he attends and meets admissions, it said in a statement.

“In recognition of the fourth-grader’s Volunteer spirit, the university has extended an offer of honorary admission for him to join the Class of 2032,” the university said in a statement.

The student gained the attention of the University of Tennessee after his teacher Laura Snyder called attention to how the boy was treated about his homemade T-shirt design on “College Colors Day.”

“Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED,” Snyder wrote in a Facebook post.

The university has since adopted the design as an official logo.


The university said the boy’s family was “deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring from people around the world.”

More than 50,000 shirts have been sold with all proceeds going to the charity Stomp Out Bullying, the statement said.


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