"That was $500 dollars I could just tell my nana (Mrs. Shelia Leeper) to keep, and not worry about trying to raise it at that time."
Releford says, many African-American students have difficulty coming up with the money for college at high school graduation.
The Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Board, considering scholarship applications at a meeting in the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex
Brenton says, applying for a Douglass alumni scholarship was a no-brainer for him and his family..
"It's always been one big family."
Times have changed for Brenton Leeper. He's now at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, an offensive lineman.. the same position he played at Brevard. He also has bigger apirations.
He credits the Douglass alumni scholarship with keeping his feet planted firmly in the right direction.
"It helped in the small ways most people don't think about."