Kevuntez King, a 17-year-old from Memphis, started saving up for college at the age of 12, which is impressive to know that at such a young age, he was already thinking about his future.
King maintained a 4.0 in school while being a three-sport athlete and active in his community. He sold newspapers at a downtown Memphis intersection, which earned him $200 weekly (every Sunday). He did this for five years, with a goal to save up enough money to pay for college.
He’s known for always having a smile on his face and brightening the days of the people in his neighborhood.
King grew up in a single-parent home with his mother and told FOX 13 that she inspires him to go after his dreams.
“She just taught me how to be independent like she had it, (and) she just wanted me to go get it myself,” – (Kevuntez King, FOX 13).
He says that raising his own funds was necessary because it was a way to avoid worrying about college finances:
“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,” – Kevuntez King, FOX13
King was accepted into Tennessee State University and will pay the full amount of his tuition with the money that he has saved up.
He says that positivity is the key to success and offers some simple yet effective advice for others:
“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.” – Kevuntez King, FOX 13