DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Jones family surprised Emilee Rodgers and her family with a scholarship towards her last year of school.
The scholarship is in the memory of their loved one, Christopher Savoy Jones, who collapsed during basketball practice and after being transported to a hospital, where he later passed away.
“He always had a smile and he always walked around and he loved everybody,” said Chris Jones, Christopher’s dad.
The Jones family is an essential part of the Emmanuel Christian warriors family and they live by the motto “Nothing but love.” The family usually holds a golf tournament to help raise money for the scholarship, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. However, the setback did not stop them from giving.
“Our family saying is nothing but love. That’s what the Savoy Jones scholarship is about…sharing our blessings that Jesus Christ gave us with everybody else,” Christina Jones said.
They provide a scholarship for a senior every year. The student must write an essay about a topic that will then be read by the Jones family before they select the winner.
As for Emilee Rodgers, she was caught off guard after being told she was going to take cheerleading pictures. She says it was all worth a flip or a toe touch in the end.
“It was surprising for sure but it was a blessing too. It’s definitely a help for our family,” Emilee Rodgers said.
The scholarship will cover up to $5,000.