A Tennessee high school student was homeless, but through hard work and dedication, he managed to become valedictorian at his school and earn more than 50 scholarships worth a total of $3 million.
What's the story?
"After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home Feb. 21 of this year," 17-year-old Tupac Mosley told WHBQ-TV. He said that after they lost their home, he and his family had been allowed to stay at For the Kingdom, a Christian nonprofit organization and camp in Memphis, Tennessee.
Despite all of this hardship, Mosley kept his GPA at 4.3 at Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis. When college application time came, he managed to get accepted into 40 different schools. He chose Tennessee State University, where he plans to study electrical engineering.
While many students start college by taking out loans and going into debt, Mosley's situation is different. He said that his goal had been to earn $1 million in scholarships during high school. He ended up getting three times that amount.
"When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much," he told WHBQ.
Throughout all of his hardship, Mosley seems to have kept a positive attitude.
"Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you're going through, be a mountain that you can't climb," he said.
During his graduation speech, Mosley expressed his gratitude during toward the teachers and the principal who had helped him get where he was.
"I knew that I had to make them proud," he said. "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."