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Tennessee offers scholarship to bullied T-shirt kid

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Jarrett Guarantano finds Jauan Jennings who bobbles the ball and it is nearly intercepted, but Jennings redirects the ball and recovers it for the touchdown. (0:25)

A fourth-grade Florida boy who was bullied at school for wearing a homemade Tennessee Volunteers T-shirt can now draw up his college plans, courtesy of the university.

Tennessee announced Thursday that it has extended an offer of admission and a four-year scholarship -- for the Class of 2032 -- to the elementary school student in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The university will cover the cost of the boy's scholarship if he chooses to attend the school and meets all admission requirements.

The boy's story drew national attention earlier this week when Laura Snyder, his teacher, detailed on Facebook how the boy had been bullied after clipping a piece of paper with a "UT" design to an orange T-shirt for "college colors day" at the school.

Snyder's Facebook post went viral nearly instantaneously, and Tennessee interim president Randy Boyd and others have reached out to the boy directly or on social media.

After sending a care package with all sorts of Vols gear to the boy and his entire class, the university then created a T-shirt using the boy's design to sell through the VolShop, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Stomp Out Bullying organization.

Tennessee says more than 50,000 shirts with the boy's design have been presold by the VolShop, with expected delivery in late September.