Boy Bullied for His Homemade UT Shirt Design Gets 4-Year Scholarship to University

When an elementary school student showed up to class wearing a T-shirt with a hand-drawn logo representing the University of Tennessee, he was bullied by the other kids. The unnamed fourth grader drew the University’s logo on a piece of paper and stapled it to his orange t-shirt for college colors week. Despite his creativity not being appreciated by the other students, the actual university took notice and stepped up. When UT found out, they used his logo for an official T-shirt—and they even offered him a 4-year scholarship!

The University of Tennessee decided to give a portion of the T-shirt sale proceeds to STOMP Out Bullying, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to eradicating bullying of all kinds. So far, more than 50,000 shirts featuring the boy’s design have been pre-sold by the VolShop. It’s so popular in fact, that it even crashed the website! “When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped,” the boy’s teacher Laura Snyder says. “He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today! Thank you to the UT Nation for that!!”

If that wasn’t exciting enough, UT recently published a press release, stating their generous scholarship offer. “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,” they say. “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.”

When University of Tennessee discovered a boy was getting bullied for his handmade shirt, they used his design for an official T-shirt and offered him a 4-year scholarship.

h/t: [Boing Boing]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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