Troy, Mo. - Tannon (Tay) Sweet started participating in the Trade Me Project to first pay for his college tuition.
Sweet got a call from his college saying that they wouldn’t accept his scholarship for being adopted.
According to research, Florida’s children adopted from care are eligible for free tuition at any Florida state university, community college or vocational school in Florida up until age 28.
Sweet then took initiative. He wrote President Garry Jones of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida a message.
“My name is Tannon Sweet and up until the most recent few weeks of my life, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.” Sweet said in his message. “I have a great family I’ve built after traveling everywhere I wanted to go and see, but there was always that void of what I wanted to do with my life.
“That was until I came across Full Sail University.”
The major that Sweet decided on is Digital Cinematography. He asked Jones if there was any way that the decision not to honor his eligibility for free tuition, could be changed.
“I fear, while trying to keep my family afloat, I wouldn’t be able to attend without the money,” Sweet said. “I was wondering are there any scholarships I could be eligible for? This is all I want for a career and I want it with Full Sail.”
While Sweet was waiting on information about his inquiry to Jones, Sweet had to get creative on how he was going to be able to afford tuition. That’s when Sweet researched the Trade Me Project.
TikTok influencer, Demi Skipper, started the Trade Me Project. Her goal is to trade for a new house. The item she started with was a bobby pin.
Now Sweet is doing a similar challenge. He started with a rock and wanted to trade the rock up to getting his college tuition covered.
“When I started I wanted to pay for my tuition. I started with an actual rock,” Sweet said. “And I worked my way from a rock to a dumbbell, from a dumbbell to two candles, two candles to a ukulele.”
From the ukulele, Sweet worked up to a portable charger. He then traded that portable charger for an XBox Series X.
“So I traded him a Samsung portable charger for a machine that no one can get their hands on,” Sweet said. “I ended up calling it there because this is something that my kids could use, that I could use.”
All the while Sweet was in touch with Jones for the last few months.
“I got a call yesterday (May 19) that I have a pell grant for $6,000 for free and Garry Jones made a scholarship and signed off on it so that my $70,000 plus scholarship is completely free,” Sweet said. “So I am going to attend Full Sail University, digital cinematography.”
What about the trade challenge now that he reached his goal?
“I did what I wanted to do,” Sweet said. “And now I am still trading because the trading is fun.”
Sweet has multiple trade deals going on. He has another trade that he started with a rock and traded up to a Fender Acoustic Guitar. He is trading it all up to the value of BitCoin and then giving away the guitar.
“But the main trade I’m wanting to get to is a $25,000 valued car,” Sweet said. “I have two PlayStation controllers, which I started with a safety pin and those are two $50 controllers each.”
Sweet said that he is doing most of his trading on Facebook, he does use his TikTok to show off the trades he’s made. He uses Facebook so he can keep trading local and meet people face to face.