Community activist awards CJ Sheppard, Janell Carwell Scholarships

Scholarships honor students.

Students in Richmond and Columbia Counties can take advantage of some scholarships this semester.  Community activist Monique Braswell told NewsChannel 6 she will award athletes who are seniors this year the “Live Like Number 25” Scholarship.  They are worth $1500 each.  The scholarship is done in honor of former T.W. Josey basketball player Recardell “CJ” Sheppard, who died unexpectedly in 2014 at the age of 17.  Braswell plans to hold a dance competition to raise money.

The first one will be this Saturday, January 12.

“This is going to be at Westside High School. The doors open to the public at 12 p.m.  The show starts at 1 p.m.  We’re bringing in teams from Ohio, Black Ice, Black Pearls, teams from Memphis,” Braswell said adding that many of the teams and hosts have been featured on Lifetime.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  A portion of the dollars raised from the event will go towards the scholarship.  Braswell added that a second dance competition will be held in May and 100 percent of those dollars will be directed towards the scholarship.  To date, she has awarded 36 scholarships at $54,000 total since it started four years ago.  Scholarships can be accessed from guidance counselors in both districts or by emailing Braswell at

Braswell added she also worked with T.W. Josey administration and teachers to select three students for the Janell Carwell Scholarship.  She said the bank account she set up to collect reward money for the slain teen had $1,500 remaining of unused reward money.  Those students will be announced closer to graduation.  Carwell, who died at age 16, would have graduated this May. 

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