A young Tennessean graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and earned more than $3 million in college scholarships—all while being homeless. Tupac Moseley announced Thursday he will attend Tennessee State University on a full scholarship in the fall.
Moseley’s father died at the end of his sophomore year. Unable to pay bills, his family lost their house in February of this year, and Moseley lived at various relatives’ homes and a Christian retreat center called For the Kingdom (FTK). Despite that, he graduated from Raleigh-Egypt High School in Memphis with a 4.3 GPA.
In his valedictorian speech, Moseley thanked his family, his relatives, his teachers, and FTK for their support. He also talked about the effort it took to make it through school without a home: “I had to have the mental capability and capacity to focus on, ‘OK. I still have to get this scholarship done. I still have to get this essay done, even though I don’t know where I’m going to be the next day, physically be, or what I’m going to eat the next day.’” —K.Z.