17-year-old Tupac Moseley from Memphis high school managed to maintain a 4.3 GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT, named valedictorian and earned more than $3 million in scholarships, all while dealing with the death of his father and homelessness.
The teen who is from Memphis, Tennessee, was faced with many challenges from early on. Tupac’s father died at the end of his sophomore year. After his dad’s death, came financial struggles. The family fell back on bills and got evicted from their home. With no other place to live in, the family became homeless.
Tupac said that becoming homeless changed everything. Focusing on school, college essays and scholarship applications became much more harder.
Fortunately, upon hearing about his dire living situation, a local organization, For The Kingdom, decided to help by providing a cabin for Tupac and his family to live in. With a place to live, he was able focus better on his studies.
Tupac credits his ability to finish all of his school work and applications to his positive, forward-thinking mindset and to the strong support system he had behind him.
“The family I’ve bonded with at school has been my main motivator.” Tupac said.
“Anytime I feel like this is too much for me to handle, this is overbearing, I can’t do this anymore, they have always been in my ear to me to make sure that I never give up. I didn’t want to disappoint them.” He added.
By the end of senior year, he had maintained a 4.3 GPA, become his class’s valedictorian, and received more than $3 million in scholarship money. That number exceeds his personal goal of $1 million.
“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.” Tupac said in his valedictorian speech.
Tupac received a huge number of university acceptance letters. But he will be attending Tennessee State University in September where he plans to major in electrical engineering.
“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.” Tupac told CNN.
Tupac Moseley is one inspirational young man. Not only has he been able to overcome some really terrible and heartbreaking circumstances, he has also been able to come out shining above it all!