Student receives scholarship that was created after tragic loss of Gilchrist Co. deputies

TRENTON, Fla., (WCJB) -- For Trenton Middle-High schools seniors it was awards night. Scholarships and awards were given to students for their excellence in and out of the classroom, one student was given a very special scholarship.

Christopher William Driggers-Ellis is the second annual recipient of the $1000 Changing The World For Noel scholarship, a scholarship available for high school seniors in Levy or Gilchrist county that have autism.

"Changing The World For Noel began after that tragic day in April 2018 when our heroes were taken from us. My husband and I decided to start the charity to be able to help keep Sgt. Ramirez's wish alive to change the world for his autistic son," stated Caryl O'Steen, president of Changing The World For Noel.

CW says he learned of the award through his guidance counselor and applied to have extra money for college but is happy to be the winner.

"It feels great I'm really glad that I can carry on Sgt. Noel Ramirez's legacy by going forward with this scholarship and making a name for myself in the world of education. I'll give thanks to him," stated Driggers- Ellis.

In addition to earning a high school diploma with a 4.0 GPA CW has also completed his associate's degree through a dual program with the Florida Gateway College.

He also won other awards at the ceremony for his academics.

" With having Autism Aspergers that's a big accomplishment because a lot of people didn't understand him and the way that he was with his meltdowns but they moved him up and I'm thankful for Gilchrist County school district because I feel like he wouldn't have got the treatment anywhere else as he did here," stated Jenni Ellis, CW's mother.

"I'd like to thank the foundation, Sgt. Noel Ramirez's family, the people who donated and just the community in general for bringing me up and giving me this opportunity," stated Driggers- Ellis.

CW will be attending the University of Florida in the Fall and says he looks forward to pursuing his education in Computer Science.