Emmanuel Tuloe, a Liberian teenager, was offered a full scholarship to attend any Liberian college and Livingstone College in North Carolina after he found $50,000 and returned it to its owner.
According to WB-TV, a month ago, the West African teenager discovered a bag with $50,000 in U.S. cash and $100,000 in Liberian currency laying on the road while working as a motorcycle taxi driver close to his home in Tappita City, Liberia.
Tuloe had recently heard on the radio that a woman named Musu Yancy had reported losing a considerably large sum of money. Instead of keeping the money, the 18-year-old contacted the radio station and told them that he had found the money and eventually returned it to its owner.
During an interview with the station, he said that “Since my decision, when I have a breakdown on the highway, and some of my rider friends see me, they don’t help. They say I acted stupid to find and return the money.”
Tuloe’s tough decision ended up being a long-term investment.
The young teenager was forced to drop out of school to work as a taxi driver to help support his family. Last month, Liberian President George Weah and his family offered Tuloe a scholarship to attend a college of his choice up to the master’s level. Besides this, he was also gifted $10,000 and two new motorcycles.
When Livingstone College, an HBCU in Salisbury, North Carolina, heard about Tuloe’s noble gesture, they also offered him a scholarship.
Every four years, the school sponsors two Liberian students’ tuition, and the teen’s act garnered the attention of school President Jimmy Jenkins, who is part of the Liberian Organization.
“Education is the surest vehicle for upward mobility in the world,” Jenkins said in a statement.
“This young man clearly understands that. He could have asked for anything from his country’s president, but what he wanted most was to finish his education. He is a beacon of hope for his generation and for his country. We would be proud to have him among our student population.”
Besides the two collegiate opportunities, Yancy gifted Tuloe with cash and materials at a value of $1,500.