SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A family’s wish to honor their son by keeping his name alive came true by presenting a scholarship in his name.
The family of Octavian Burrell presented three students with scholarships at Shelbyville’s Senior Scholarship Program.
Burrell was killed in a crash last November on State Highway 141 near San Augustine.
After losing her son, his mother Shelly Burrell Haskin said she wanted to honor him through a scholarship fund.
“Once they receive the scholarship, go take and do what Octavian would love them to do. Go and meet your dreams, never quit and never stop because that was Octavian, he never quit, he never stopped,” said Burrell-Haskin.
Shelbyville High School Guidance Counselor Patty Bays played a major role in helping with the application process and also in Octavian’s life.
“So many days we came to her many times needing help on this, needing to know how to get on this and she would stop what she was doing to help us. Even when Octavian left going to school,” said Burrell-Haskin.
“Not only was Octavian an outstanding athlete, he was an honor graduate. A young man that was very driven when he set his mind to something whether it be academic or athletic,” said Bays.
Students Jasmine Osby, Jacobi Jackson and Sawyer Hendricks each received scholarships in honor of Octavian Burrell totaling $2,500.
And his mother said they will continue to present scholarships every year to make sure Octavian will never be forgotten.
“I always want his name to be remembered as someone who strived and never quit. He always kept and put others first and I just want everybody to remember him,” said Burrell-Haskin.
Two students will also be honored with an Octavian Burrell scholarship at San Augustine High School on May 23rd.