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Homeless Teen Becomes High School Valedictorian, Earns $3M in Scholarships

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Teen Tupac Mosley graduated High School in Memphis with a plethora of scholarship options. Staggeringly, he did all this while being completely homeless.


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A homeless high-schooler has graduated with a 4.3 GPA and been offered some $3 million in academic scholarships.

This month, 17-year-old Tupac Mosley graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis with a plethora of scholarship options. Staggeringly, he was able to achieve such academic heights while being completely homeless.

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“When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” Mosley told Fox 13, noting that his family had been struggling financially since the passing of his father earlier this year.

“After my father passed, [my family] fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home Feb. 21 of this year,” Mosley explained to the outlet. “So, we went to different homes.”

Mosley credited Christian ministry “For The Kingdom” (FTK) with helping him reach his goals. Through the hosting of regular workshops and camps, FTK helps develop the “mental, physical, and spiritual well being” of young people.

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“Through our proven system of respect, support, appreciation, and value we are able to create an environment in which each camper has the opportunity to hear God’s message of love and acceptance,” the organization noted on its website.

Mosley revealed in his graduation speech that FTK actually gave his family a place to stay when they ran into hard times, giving Tupac the opportunity to achieve his college dreams.

“I knew that I had to make them proud,” Mosley said of those who had invested in him and his family, according to ABC 7. “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.”

Tupac told CNN that he had been “worrying about money and finances for most of my life,” so “to know that I can be doing something that I’m enjoying for my next four years and starting my career off, is refreshing and motivating.”

“I’m like, ‘alright, I’m gonna do this with confidence,’” he added.

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As for now, the teenager said he is overwhelmed by the incredible support and well-wishes he has received from those who are inspired by his incredible story.

“It really is an honor and a blessing that I was the individual who could inspire others through my testimony,” Tupac told CNN in a live interview.

And with that dream fulfilled, Tupac had a word of advice for his fellow high school students: “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through,” he said.

The talented youngster will now enroll in an electrical engineering degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

God bless this inspirational young man as he heads into the next season of his life.