Homeless student graduates from Florida high school as valedictorian, plans to attend college

The valedictorian of a Florida high school recently graduated with a 4.65 GPA, but without a home.

According to an ABC7 news article , Griffin Furlong managed to excel through high school, even AP classes, despite being homeless during parts of his life.

Furlong has been without a mother since he was 6 years old after losing her to leukemia. Since then, Furlong and his father and brother have been getting help from family after living in a Kentucky homeless shelter for two years.

While finishing up his high school career, Furlong again lost his home, forcing him to stay with extended family, as well as with his girlfriend’s family, according to ABC7.

A Yahoo news article said that Griffin told his classmates in his speech: "Everyone thinks I try to make good grades because I’m smart. Not true. I perform the way that I do in the classroom because I have everything to lose…I make the grades I do because I was once lost and had nothing.”

Furlong reportedly told ABC News that there would be nights where he was starving and living in hotel rooms, but that he wanted to work hard for a better life. His mother also provides a lot of motivation.

ABC7 says Furlong received need-based grants for college, but did not receive a full scholarship like he hoped.

Friends have raised over $90,000 to help pay for Furlong's college expenses.

Those interested in donating to Furlong's college fund can donate online .

Furlong plans to study civil engineering at Florida State University.

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