This teen became his high school’s valedictorian and earned $3 million in scholarships—all while he was homeless

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Many of us could learn a lesson about hard work and determination from 17-year-old Tupac Mosley. Not only did the Memphis teen become his high school’s valedictorian, he has also earned 50 scholarships that are worth a whopping $3 million — all while his family dealt with homelessness.

The Mosley’s family struggles reportedly began after his father died.

“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year,” Mosley explained to Fox13 Memphis. “So, we went to different homes so far and we were blessed to have For the Kingdom.”

For the Kingdom is a non-profit camp for youth where Mosley and his family reportedly stayed while he finished school. Despite struggling and not knowing how he would get to Raleigh Egypt High School, the teen still managed to maintain his 4.3 grade point average, the best GPA of anyone in his class.

Mosley was reportedly accepted to over 40 colleges and he will attend Tennessee State University in Nashville this fall, majoring in electrical engineering.


Mosley said one of the reasons he worked so hard was because he felt like he had to make his teachers and principal proud.

“I knew that their investment was worth it that and [wanted to] just show them that, yes, everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million and counting,” he said in his valedictorian speech, according to Fox13.

In that speech, Mosley inspired his fellow classmates by telling his story and explaining that with enough determination, there’s nothing that they can’t accomplish.

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

Mosley is just one of many homeless kids who have done amazing things, like Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who became a chess champion at age 8 while living in a New York City shelter. Rashema Melton, a Washington D.C. resident who was also a homeless high school valedictorian, just graduated from Georgetown University.

Best of luck to this young man as he embarks on a bright future!

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