“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,” Mosley said.
When one door closes, another one opens. 17-year-old Tupac Mosley was his high school valedictorian, and with 4.3 GPA his senior year, he bagged scholarships worth $3 million. Sounds like the best days of his life? Not really. Tupac was also homeless. During his senior year, his father died and following that, his family was evicted from their home. During the last several months of his high-school life, Tupac moved from home to home staying with different people and non-profit organizations, according to The Hill.
Meet 17 year old Tupac Mosley. The Raleigh Egypt High School graduate received 3 million dollars in college scholarships all while being homeless. The valedictorian has a 4.3 GPA and will attend @TSUedu in the fall. #Memphis pic.twitter.com/lfFpvC1U9W— Siobhan Riley (@SiobhanRileyTV) May 20, 2019
Before he graduated, Tupac received offers from more than 50 colleges! During his speech, Tupac spoke about his hardships and struggles, and even mentioned losing a loved one. “Many of us on stage have lost one already, including myself. I lost my father my sophomore year,” he said, according to Fox News. “But that did not act as a complete deterrent to any of us, because we are still here today, on stage, graduating.”
AMAZING: Tupac Mosley, a high school valedictorian in Tennessee, maintained a 4.3 GPA and earned more than $3 MILLION in scholarships -- all while not having a home. Join us in congratulating the 17-year-old for his accomplishments: https://t.co/dB1Ic3yl12 pic.twitter.com/nSTnEqg8pl— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) May 22, 2019
Losing his father hit him and his family really hard, and they were pushed into a hole they couldn't really pull themselves out of. “We fell behind on bills and we ended up being evicted from our home (earlier) this year. We went to different homes so far, and we’re blessed to have For the Kingdom," he added. For the Kingdom is a non-profit charity that helps children and teens, and its director let Tupac and his family stay there.
Congratulations to Tupac Mosley, a Senior enrolled in Raleigh Egypt High School in Tennessee, on receiving $3 Million in academic scholarships.— HoodSmart (@iamhoodsmart) May 22, 2019
In the beginning of 2019, Mosley and his family became homeless due to… https://t.co/JE070SUgOe… pic.twitter.com/JbgW376VxD
During his speech, Tupac made sure to include everything, from how it feels to lose something that means a lot to them, to the struggles to keep your head held high. “We’ve also lost homes, utilities… wondering when we’re going to eat the next day… where we’re going to lay our head,” he said. “The basic necessities in life have been stripped away from us. However, we have prospered and conquered through all of those difficulties.”
The rose that grew from concrete. #tupacmosley #homeless #highschool #student #valedictorian #Repost @theHBCUalum with get_repost— Jonathon Brannon (@BrannonMusic) May 22, 2019
A Memphis high school student received more than $3 million in college… https://t.co/zak9412j0x
“We are the Pharaohs. We are the kings and queens of Memphis. We have not had our throne taken away from us. No matter what we go through, we are still going to come out on top.” The school is called Raleigh Egypt, and their mascot is a Pharaoh. This is why Tupac addressed his classmates as royalties and talked about how they never give up, even when they're going through the hardest phase in their life.
Young men & women, the next time you complain for studying as you lay comfortably in your beds remember or have a picture of Tupac Mosley; homeless but brilliant, accepted to 40 schools. Bless you Tupac and all the success to you https://t.co/ThX201y0L6— Ray Garcia Jr (@raygjr1012) May 22, 2019
During the end of his speech, Tupac pleaded to his classmates and past graduates of the school to GIVE BACK to the city that raised them and made them what they are now. “I wish for all of the Raleigh Egypt alumni to come back into Memphis and pour into it. To make that investment that everyone has poured into us and give it back to the new generations.”
Congratulation Tupac Mosley: I'm so proud of you and we have never met. Continue to make good grades and show other young men that they can also follow in your 👣 footsteps. Sometime in life you may get down but don't ever let anyone count you out.— [email protected] (@Bettyjparkergm1) May 22, 2019
Tupac says he's finally decided on a college out of the 50 acceptance letters. He's decided that he will be attending Tennessee State University, where he will major in electrical engineering "When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much," he added. “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,” Mosley said. “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb."
After Tupac Mosley's father passed away, his family fell behind on bills and got evicted. However, Tupac kept focused on school and has now received more than 50 scholarships and been accepted to over 40 schools. (via @fox13memphis) https://t.co/uhnFALFntT pic.twitter.com/952W7wdh3o— Kindness & Co (@KindnessCo) May 21, 2019