Tony Collins announces special memorial scholarships at West Craven HS

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Vanceboro, N.C. (WNCT) – Former East Carolina and New England Patriot’s star Tony Collins made a very special scholarship announcement at West Craven High School Wednesday morning.

Collins announced a pair of college scholarships in honor of former-West Craven football players Isaiah Yates and CJ Elliott, who were killed in a car crash in February.

Each scholarship is worth $1,500 and will renew each year until graduation, as long as the recipient maintains a 2.8 GPA and completes 10 hours of community service.

The scholarships come from Collins’ own “Right Choice” program.

“We wanted to remember those kids and try to do something so they can be remembered,” said Collins.

“We’re just excited to know that kids will be able to go to college and get scholarships because of this program,” said Renee Whittaker, mother of CJ Elliott. I am thrilled that his name will live on and on each year with this scholarship program.”

The recipients of the scholarships will be announced at a celebrity golf tournament in August later this year.

Collins also talked to the group at West Craven about his own story of bouncing back in life from an addiction to pain-killers that ultimately cost him his job in professional football.

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