UT offers scholarship to young fan whose T-shirt design went viral

Joe Robbins  Getty Images FILE

Joe Robbins Getty Images FILE

A young Tennessee fan who was bullied for making and wearing his own Vols t-shirt has gotten the ultimate offer from his favorite school: a scholarship.

Florida teacher Laura Snyder shared the unnamed boy's story on Facebook, where it took off.

The Florida boy gained worldwide attention after he drew his version of the UT logo and pinned it to his orange shirt for his school's college colors day. "So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt".

The school went even further by adopting the young boy's logo design and selling shirts to benefit an anti-bullying program.

The University of Tennessee announced the exciting news on 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", the university said in a statement.

After the boy's story went viral, and the school sent the boy some UT gear, Tennessee made a decision to offer him a four-year scholarship and an offer of admission for after he graduates from high school. 50,000 of the shirts have already been sold and with word of the story continuing to spread, more sales could be on the way.

Though the student hasn't been publicly identified, UT officials said they have spoken with his mother, who said the family is deeply touched by the outpouring of support for people around the world. The university will not use proceeds from the shirt to fund his scholarship - all the proceeds from the t-shirt will go to the anti-bullying organization STOMP Out Bullying, and the university will pay for the scholarship separately. "Orders will begin shipping later this month".

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