A Tennessee teen who overcame homelessness to become his high school’s valedictorian is being showered with college scholarships totalling a whooping $3 million.
Memphis high school senior Tupac Mosley,17, maintained a 4.3 GPA, scored a 31 of his ACT, and was named valedictorian, all while dealing with the death of his father and the lack of a permanent home.
Tupac Mosley told news outlets that his family fell behind on bills after his father died, and they ended up being evicted from the house in February. Mosley said his family has since lived in tents and several places around the city, including a camp site and a non-profit that offered them a cabin to sleep in.
The tragedy could have easily derailed the teen’s future, but instead, he was resilient.
When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” Mosley said.
Despite his condition, Mosley never used his hardships as an excuse to not perform, said Shari Meek’s, principal of Raleigh Egypt High School.
During his valedictorian speech, he told his classmates that he truly believed anything was possible if you believe in yourself and work hard.
“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb,” Mosley said.