The Florida fourth-grader, who was bullied last week for his homemade University of Tennessee shirt, didn’t just receive a care package full of UT gear, but has his future college education needs secured.
The Volunteers announced Thursday they’re giving the Altamonte Springs Elementary School student a four-year scholarship for the Class of 2032, provided he meets admission requirements and chooses to attend the school.
This comes on the heels of his story generating national attention after his teacher, Laura Snyder had a Facebook post that went viral.
In the post, Snyder detailed how it was college colors day at school and her student wore an orange shirt with his own designed label on it, which was “U.T.” written on paper attached to the shirt.
“After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying,” Snyder’s post read. “Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED.”
The university sent a care package of Vols gear to Snyder’s classroom for the student. Then, an actual T-shirt using his design was made as an official school T-shirt. Proceeds from the shirt sale, after printing costs, go to nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying.