(Meredith) – A resilient teenager from Memphis, Tennessee, became a valedictorian at his high school and earned more than $3 million in college scholarships, all while being homeless.
Earlier this month, 17-year-old Tupac Mosley graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School with a 4.3 GPA and was accepted into 40 colleges.
The teen said he surprised himself when he surpassed all of his goals.
“When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” Mosley told WHBQ-TV.
He explained that his family has struggled since the death of his father. They moved from home to home, and Mosley would often worry about his goal of attending college.
“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year,” he said. “So, we went to different homes and we were blessed to have For the Kingdom.”
For the Kingdom is a nonprofit group and campsite that helps urban youth get on the right path. The organization’s director gave Mosley and his family a place to stay at the campgrounds, which provided more stability and kept his dream of going to college alive.
During a speech at his graduation ceremony, Mosley thanked his principal and teachers for believing in him.
“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.”
He also encouraged his classmates to pursue their dreams even in the midst of adversity.
“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb,” Mosley said.
The teen plans to attend Tennessee State University in the fall and major in electrical engineering.