A homeless Tennessee teen received close to $3 million in scholarship money after snagging the first place in Raleigh Egypt High School, according to Chron.
Tupac Mosley, who was accepted to 21 universities this spring, will attend Tennessee State University to study Electrical Engineering. The student received 50 scholarships worth a cumulative $3 million.
Mosley maintained a GPA of 4.3 during high school, even after his father’s death left his family homeless. After the family was evicted in February, Mosely moved to a cabin run by For the Kingdom, a nonprofit organization that provides campgrounds for children in the state.
"Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you're going through, be a mountain that you can't climb," Mosley said during his valedictorian speech. “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 added.
Generous financial aid policies at top universities have made it possible for students in situations like that of Mosley to receive a top-notch education. Richard Jenkins, who grew in homeless shelters, earned a full-ride to Harvard University in January. Rashema Melson, who spent much of her childhood in shelters in Washington D.C., graduated from Georgetown University in May.