Augusta, GA – Richmond County students can now apply for a scholarship that honors the life of a student who unexpectedly died. Live Like #25 is a scholarship that remembers the life of T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School basketball player Recardell “CJ” Sheppard. The 17-year-old senior collapsed while playing a game of pick-up basketball at the school in October of 2014. Richmond County parent Monique Braswell created the dance competition ‘Whose Babies Got That’ last year to raised funds. That event made way for the creation of two, $1500 scholarships. She said the funds were raised by the entire community and she wants to help a student, who embodies the same type of spirit as Sheppard, afford to attend a 4-year, 2-year or technical school.
“We’re not putting on no high expectations, we’re not saying that you have to use it to pay for books or tuition because what people fail to realize is there are costs prior to that,” Braswell said.
Richmond County students who played any sport recognized by the athletic department this school year can see their guidance counselor for an application. Good behavior and attendance also count towards getting the scholarship.
Athlete for the 2016 – 2016 school year
10 recommendation letters
The deadline is April 15.
Braswell said shortly after the deadline, select students will have an interview. Those selected will know by graduation whether they received the scholarship. All Richmond County schools are eligible, but one scholarship will be awarded to a Josey athlete.