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High School Student Overcomes Homelessness, Graduates Valedictorian With $3 Million In Scholarships

A Tennessee high school student is receiving national attention after he overcame homelessness and graduated valedictorian of his class with over 50 scholarship offers.

17-year-old Tupac Mosley made national news this month after graduating valedictorian from Raleigh Egypt High School with $3 million in scholarships.

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Mosley earned a 4.3 GPA and has been accepted into more than 40 colleges.

When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” Mosley told Fox 13.

The Memphis, Tennessee native’s achievements are made all the more impressive because he accomplished them while being homeless.

“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year,” Mosley said.

Mosley says a local nonprofit organization called For the Kingdom gave him shelter and helped him finish school.

“We were blessed to have For the Kingdom.”

According to the organization’s website, its mission is to provide year-round experience to all youth.

“Through camps and retreats, we challenge the mental, physical, and spiritual well being of each individual.”

During his graduation speech on Sunday, Mosley thanked his teachers and principal for having faith in him.


“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.

He also reminded fellow students that his story is proof nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.

“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb,” Mosley said.

The graduate says he will be attending Tennessee State University in the fall with a major in electrical engineering.

h/t: Newsweek, Fox 13


Written by Emily Burns

Writer and editorial specialist based out of Austin, TX.