Homeless Teen Graduates As High School Valedictorian, Earns Millions In Scholarships
The school's president has even offered to drive him to campus on move-in day.
Tupac Moseley, 17, graduated as valedictorian of Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday. Although Moseley had a 4.3 GPA and was offered more than $3 million worth of college scholarships at 44 colleges, the most impressive part of his story is he did it all while being homeless.
“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, according to NBC News.
"When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated, "Moseley told CNN affiliate WHBQ.
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After Moseley's father passed, he says the family got behind on bills which led to their eviction this past February.
Thankfully, local organization For The Kingdom provided a cabin for Moseley and his family to live in. The non-profit Christian organization seeks to inspire and impact inner-city youth to lead their communities.
Moseley says that if it wasn't for the help of this organization, college might not have been an option.
"We were blessed to have For The Kingdom," he said.
Moseley decided to major in electrical engineering at HBCU, Tennessee State University, telling NBC that he knew he'd have "the kind of support there" that he had during his high school career. On Wednesday, the president of Tennessee State University, Glenda Glover, said she'll even pick up the teen and escort him to the school's Nashville campus when he moves into his new dorm.
“I will personally travel to Memphis later today and bring him back to Nashville, to our campus, so he can get acclimated to college life as an academically talented student. We are prepared to provide summer housing and employment for him as well,” Glover told NBC in a statement.
As for Moseley, he wants to encourage other young people to accomplish their goals, no matter how trying the circumstances.
“Your location is not your limitation," he said. "Anything that is a blockade is not something you can’t overcome."