The University of Tennesse has offered an unnamed fourth-grader a four-year scholarship, should he choose to accept it. The boy was bullied and laughed at in school for his Volunteers colours day shirt, his teacher wrote in a Facebook post that went viral.
The University also made unnamed boy's T-shirt it's the official logo and released a statement regarding the same. T-shirt sales crossed 50,000 and has was so in demand that it crashed the website of the university. The Dean Tweeted out his appreciation for both the boy's design and for the people who bought it.
The University has released a public statement which said: 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. Additionally, the statement said that all funds from the T-shirt sales would be donated to the charity Stomp Out Bullying, and that they would fund the boy's education through other sources.
University officials have spoken several times with the boy’s mother, who has expressed gratitude to the university and said the family has been deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring from people around the world.
The T-shirt which shows colours of the University of Tennessee has gone viral. The Dean of University has tweeted as the initial sales of T-shirt went beyond 16,000. The tweet alone has over two thousand likes on social media site Twitter.
So proud of VOL nation today. More than 16,000 t-shirts ordered by 3 pm today, crashing the website which is back up. Giant shout-out to @UTVolShop who ignited this story. On every major network today showing what it means to be a VOL and step forward and act! #tennesseeproud pic.twitter.com/J42sY4ah7m— Donde Plowman (@DondePlowman) September 10, 2019