Boy offered full-ride college scholarship after being bullied over homemade T-shirt

A Florida elementary school student who was bullied to the point of tears over his homemade “College Colors Day” shirt has been offered honorary admission to the University of Tennessee, along with a four-year, full-ride scholarship.

“The University of Tennessee is lighting the way for the young Vol fan who made his own UT T-shirt,” the school announced Thursday. “In recognition of the fourth-grader’s Volunteer spirit, the university has extended an offer of honorary admission for him to join the Class of 2032.”

“In addition, he has been awarded a four-year scholarship covering his tuition and fees beginning fall 2028 should he decide to attend UT and meet admission requirements,” it continued. 

The university last week also turned the boy’s DIY T-shirt into an official design sold in its online store, with all of the proceeds going directly to the charity Stomp Out Bullying. 

The generous offer came days after Laura Snyder, a teacher at Altamonte Elementary School, took to Facebook on Sept. 4 to share a photo of the unnamed fourth-grade student’s DIY shirt, which she said he was “so excited” to wear for a spirit day event until a table of other children made fun of him for his design.

“He was DEVASTATED,” Snyder wrote in her post, which has now been shared over 11,000 times.

Snyder again took to Facebook to update her post after receiving an outpouring of support for the boy from across the country, including a large box of college swag sent by UT representatives, who she says “outdid themselves.”

“My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box,” she wrote. “He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people. When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped. He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today!”

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