Memphis Teen Sells Newspapers For 5 Years, Makes Enough to Pay for College

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Take a look at the future generation; not nearly as bleak as you’ve been hearing, thanks to kids like Kevuntez King. The 17-year-old told FOX13 he grew up in a single-parent home with his mother and her influence helped pave 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,” King told FOX13.

So at the age of 12, when most kids were concerned with getting to the next level of their video game or sleeping in, King started selling newspapers. He kept the job for five years with one goal in mind: earn enough money to pay for his college education.

“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,” King said.

King earned about $200 every Sunday while selling papers at a downtown Memphis intersection. And after five years of hard work, he has reached his goal.

He was accepted into Tennessee State University, and he has officially earned enough money to pay for his tuition in its entirety.

King wants to share a piece of advice for anyone who feels 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.”