A Homeless High School Student Just Became Valedictorian Of His Class

"I knew that I had to make them proud."

Tupac Mosley, a 17-year-old high school student, earned more than $3 million in scholarship money and graduated at the top of his class despite being homeless. 

Mosley, who was living on the streets in Memphis, Tennessee, became a viral star for his accomplishment. He credited the nonprofit organization For the Kingdom, which helped him land on his feet after his father's death. For the Kingdom is a camping site that works with disadvantaged children in the Memphis area and provides shelter for kids like Mosley, according to Newsweek.


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"After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year," Mosley told Fox 13 in Memphis. "So, we went to different homes so far and we were blessed to have For the Kingdom."

Mosley graduated with a 4.3 GPA from Raleigh Egypt High School. This fall, he will be attending Tennessee State University and decided to major in electrical engineering. He told his classmates at graduation that nothing was impossible if you believe you can achieve it, Fox 13 reported. He also thanked his teachers.

"I knew that I had to make them proud," he said. "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... Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you're going through, be a mountain that you can't climb."

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