Homeless Memphis valedictorian earns $3 million in scholarships

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Becoming homeless your senior year in high school is the kind of thing that can really throw your future for a loop.

It happened to one teen in Tennessee, but he stayed focused and graduated as valedictorian and was offered millions of dollar in scholarships.

Raleigh Egypt High School graduate Tupac Mosley says his goal was to receive $1 million in college scholarships.

The high school valedictorian says he was shocked after surpassing his goal and getting accepted into more than 40 colleges.

Mosley said, “When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated.”

Reporter Siobahn Riley caught up with the high school graduate while he was cleaning out the cabin he’s living in. Riley was preparing to move into a permanent home after becoming homeless.

 Mosley said, “After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year, so we went to different homes so far and we were blessed to have For The Kingdom.”

For The Kingdom is a camping site and nonprofit organization that helps lead urban children and teens in Memphis in the right direction. Mosley says if it was not for the director allowing he and his family to stay here, college may have not been an option.

Reporter Siobhan Riley asked Mosley, “What was the biggest challenge when you went through all of that?”

Mosley responded, “I would definitely say the time management because this is still during the most stressful part of my senior year, doing essays.”

The student managed to keep a 4.3 GPA. On Sunday during his graduation speech, he thanked his principal and teachers for believing in him.

 Mosley explained, “Everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million in counting.”

Reporter Riley, asked, “What would you say to people who counted you out?”

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

Tupac says he has decided to attend Tennessee State University, a historically black college and university.

He plans to major in electrical engineering.

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