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Homeless Memphis teen graduates with 4.3 GPA and gets $3m in scholarships

May 22, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Head of Content

May 22, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

This teen stayed focused amid adversity and graduated as valedictorian at his high school while receiving more than $3 million in scholarship offers. - WHBQ via CNN

17-year-old Tupac Mosley from Memphis, Tennessee, has won the hearts of many with his resilience after graduating from Raleigh Egypt High School with a 4.3 GPA while being homeless.

Mosley became the valedictorian at his high school graduation earlier this month and he expressed his excitement of being accepted into 40 colleges and earning $30 million in scholarships.

“When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” a happy Mosley told local WHBQ-TV.

The teen, who plans to attend Tennessee State University in the fall, lost his dad and his family has been moving from home to home as they struggled after their eviction in February.

“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 and we were blessed to have For the Kingdom,” he explained.

The family was given a temporary place to stay by For the Kingdom nonprofit group and campsite that helps urban youth get on the right path. The organization’s director gave them more stability at the campgrounds which helped keep Mosley’s dream of going to college alive, reports CBS46.

“I knew that I had to make them proud… 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 said during his graduation speech thanking his principal and teachers.

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

The teen who has proved that in every adversity, dreams can still be pursued wants to major in electrical engineering.

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