University of Tennessee offers full scholarship to boy bullied for homemade T-shirt

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2019

The scholarship will cover his tuition and fees beginning in fall 2028 "should he decide to attend UT and meet admission requirements", according to the statement. His teacher, Laura Snyder, then posted on Facebook about the boy being bullied.

A Florida elementary school student's heartbreak has been turned into victory all thanks to the University of Tennessee. The university will not use proceeds from the shirt to fund his scholarship - all the proceeds from the t-shirt will go to the anti-bullying organization STOMP Out Bullying, and the university will pay for the scholarship separately. 50,000 of the shirts have already been sold and with word of the story continuing to spread, more sales could be on the way.

It started with the young fan, a fourth-grader from Florida, making his own Vols shirt to wear to school for "College Colors Day." So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt.

The University of Tennessee also said officials from the university spoke several times with the boy's mother, who said the family has been "deeply touched" by the overwhelming outpouring from alumni, fans and honorary Volunteers from around the world.

"After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying", Snyder explained. "Some girls at the lunch table next to his had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt", Snyder shared. That's when things took off.

Not long after his teacher shared his story, the university reached out to the teacher and asked if they could send the boy a care package full of apparel. "It was so heartwarming".

"UT really outdid themselves", Snyder wrote on Facebook.

The boy recently made headlines after he was bullied by classmates for wearing a self-made Tennessee Volunteer shirt.

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