A Tennesee high school student who graduated at the top of his class earned millions for his college education, all while enduring a family tragedy. Earlier this month, 17-year-old Tupac Mosley graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis with a whopping $3 million in scholarships, FOX 13 report-ed.
While the monetary total is astonishing, it’s even more remarkable that Mosley was able to earn the funds while keeping a 4.3 GPA and being homel-ess. “When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and aston-ished that it was that much,” he told the outlet.
Mosley, who was the school’s valedictorian, explained that his family has struggled since the de*th of his father this year. After his passing, they had trouble paying bills and rent and were evi-cted from their homes. A permanent living situation soon seemed out of reach, and Mosley began to w*rry about his goal of attending college.
“After my father p*ss*d, my family fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evi-cted from our home Feb. 21 of this year,” Mosley told FOX 13. “So, we went to different homes.”
During a speech at his graduation ceremony, Mosley thanked the n*nprof!t For the Kingdom, which helps urban youth “get away from city life but not from the city” through camps and workshops, their website says.
Mosley explained that For the Kingdom’s director gave his family a place to stay at the campgrounds, which, in turn, kept his dreams of attending college alive, according to ABC 7.
“I knew that I had to make them proud,” Mosley said of the people who helped his family during the d!fficult time, including his teachers and principal. “I knew that their investment was worth it that and just show them that, yes, everything that you poured into me was w*rth $3 million and counting.”
Now the teenager will have the opportunity to continue his dream of earning a degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University in Nashville.
“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through,” Mosley explained, “be a mountain that you can’t climb.”