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Homeless Tennessee student graduates as valedictorian

May 23, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A homeless Tennessee student has graduated as his high school’s valedictorian and was offered dozens of scholarships totaling $3 million.

Tupac Moseley says his family fell behind on bills after his father died. They lost their home when it was foreclosed in February. Mosley says his family spent three months living with relatives and in a cabin at a Christian retreat center before securing housing.

Despite the uncertainty and stress, Mosley graduated from Raleigh-Egypt High School with a 4.3 GPA.

He’s attending Tennessee State University and will be majoring in electrical engineering when he starts this fall. TSU President Glenda Glover says the college will pay for his housing and meal plan so “everything is free.”

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Moseley’s last name. It also corrects where he lived while he was homeless. He lived with relatives and in a cabin. And it corrects the spelling of Raleigh-Egypt High School.

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