A Tennessee teen who was recently accepted into college has enough money to pay for his education after selling newspapers for five years, according to a Memphis-area television station.
Kevuntez King starting the job when he was just 12 years old, with the goal of paying for his college education himself, WHBQ reported.
After earning $200 every Sunday for five straight years, he achieved his dream at the age of 17.
“When it came down to school, my mom didn’t have to come out of pocket to do anything, or I didn’t have to take out any loans to go to school,” he told the station.
King, who grew up in a single-parent home, credits his mother for paving the way to his success.
“She just taught me how to be independent like she had it, (and) she just wanted me to go get it myself,” he told the television station.
King’s hard work and dedication has paid off; he was just accepted to Tennessee State University, and has the money to pay for his entire tuition before he even begins college, WHBQ reported.
The teen offered up one piece of advice to anyone who believes their dreams are impossible: “Make sure you surround yourself with people that’s trying to go up in life and not trying to bring you down. Just stay positive and always believe in yourself and push for it.”