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Tupac Mosley, 17, is a high school graduate from Memphis who was practically homeless but still managed to get a 4.3 GPA as well as $3 million in scholarships. The Typical Student team tells this inspiring story.
From Homeless To Valedictorian
Despite all the life challenges the 17-year-old boy has faced in his life, he worked hard in order to achieve his goal to change his social situation. In the interview with a local news channel, Tupac said that his father had recently died, which was the reason why his family did not have any money to pay the bills. The boy also added that his family was evicted this February and since then they had to live in a cabin which a non-profit organization For the Kingdom provided them with.
In spite of all the family problems and moving from house to house before settling down in a cabin, Tupac still managed to graduate at the top of his class and get an excellent GPA score (4.3). As a top student, the boy was also honored to deliver a valedictorian speech at Raleigh Egypt High School in which he said, “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you're going through, be a mountain that you can't climb.” In his speech, Tupac also emphasized on the fact that despite all odds his family always supported him and helped him to become the person he is now.
At first, the boy did not know that he got $3 million in scholarships, he said: “I actually did not know that I received $3 million until graduation.” Although he said that his goal was to receive $1 million, he still did not believe that he managed to hit $3 million.
Tupac's Brother Also Became a Valedictorian
Besides, Tupac is not the only member of his family who managed to reach academic highs. His older brother was one of the top students at his school and became a valedictorian as well.
The boy said that his family is going to move to a permanent house very soon, meanwhile, he is preparing to start his study at Tennessee State University. Tupac also said that he had already made up his mind on his major, which is electrical engineering. He also told CNN, "As I've been worrying about finances and money for most of my life, to know that I can be doing something that I'm enjoying for my next four years and really ... starting my career off is ... refreshing and motivating. I can do this with confidence not having to worry about anything else."
Other Formerly Homeless To Become Valedictorians Of Top US Colleges
However, Tupac Mosley is not the only poor student who managed to graduate on top of his class and get into an elite university. For instance, Richard Jenkins grew up in an extremely poor family and spent most of his childhood and adolescence in homeless shelters, yet he still managed to receive a full scholarship at Harvard University.
Another example is Roshema Melson who literally grew up in a Washington, DC homeless shelter, but still became a valedictorian of her high school and graduated from Georgetown University this May.
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