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Homeless Teen Beats the Odds and Reportedly Earns $3M in Scholarships


Do you ever have those days where difficulties pile on and you just feel that you can’t achieve much of anything? I certainly do, and in the midst of them, I like to remind myself of people who have achieved great things despite adversity.

For example, one New Jersey teen recently received 17 college acceptance letters despite facing homelessness. Now a Memphis, Tennessee, student has done him one better, racking up an amazing number of college scholarship offers.

According to WHBQ-TV, Tupac Moseley always wanted to go to college, but when he was a senior at Raleigh Egypt High School, he faced what seemed like an insurmountable series of challenges.

First, his father passed away. The emotional impact of such an event alone has derailed plenty of people’s educational ambitions.

But then his family fell behind on their bills. Their financial deficits mounted month after month.

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One day, the landlord delivered the bad news: The Moseleys were being evicted.

“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills, and we ended up getting evicted from our home February 21 of this year,” Moseley told WHBQ-TV. “So, we went to different homes.”

A nonprofit named “For the Kingdom” stepped in to help. The solution could have seemed less than ideal, as the family ended up living in a cabin at a campground — but Moseley was grateful.

Many students might’ve given up. Many might have lost themselves in bitterness or swapped wholesome ambitions for unsavory ones.

But Moseley wasn’t one of those teens. He kept working and started applying to various colleges.

In the end, he ended up getting accepted to a whopping 40 of them. What’s more, Moseley said they flooded him with offers of financial assistance.

He reportedly ended up being offered an astonishing $3 million in scholarships. “When I heard that I got $3 million, I was more than elated and excited and astonished that it was that much,” he said.

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And that wasn’t the end of Moseley’s accolades. According to WHBQ-TV, he also ended up becoming his school’s valedictorian.

He addressed his hardships and those shared by his classmates during his speech at graduation, saying, “We have prospered and conquered through all of those difficulties.” Noting Raleigh Egypt High School’s unique name, he added, “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. … Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

On Facebook, the young man reflected on his journey. “Wow… a huge chapter in my life has just closed today,” he wrote.

“I finished off my high school career ranked #1 as Valedictorian with a 4.3 GPA, 31 ACT, got 4 Certifications, put in over 100 hours of community service, received over 3 MILLION DOLLARS in scholarship offers, and made several invaluable bonds with irreplaceable friends, teachers, school counselors, staff, district & community leaders that I know consider family and hold a special place in my heart. I will forever be a Pharaoh at heart!”

Moseley plans on attending Tennessee State University and majoring in electrical engineering. While the offers he received allegedly totaled $3 million, he will only be able to use some of the private scholarships and any scholarships that apply to Tennessee State University.

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to Moseley for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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