LOXLEY — On Thursday, June 23, the first-ever recipients of the newly formed Josh Hall Baldwin Proud Memorial Scholarships were awarded during the Baldwin County Board of Education work …
LOXLEY — On Thursday, June 23, the first-ever recipients of the newly formed Josh Hall Baldwin Proud Memorial Scholarships were awarded during the Baldwin County Board of Education work session. Recipients were Gwindolyn Collins, CNP worker at Elsanor Elementary School, and Bailey Cox, daughter of two Baldwin County school employees. Both Collins and Cox will pursue a teacher certification program.
The scholarship is named in honor of Josh Hall, former special education instructor at Mathis Elementary School in Foley. Hall tragically lost his life last October in a car accident at the age of 24. He was attending college to receive his elementary education certification, following in the footsteps of his mother, Angie Hall, principal of Fairhope Middle School, and his brother Phillip.
Shannon McCurdy, principal of Mathis Elementary and former teacher at Robertsdale High School, has known the Hall family for many years. She remembers Josh Hall during his time at Robertsdale High, where he often volunteered his time in the special education classroom.
When looking to hire a paraprofessional in the special education classroom a few years ago, she knew she had to contact Hall when his application came across her desk.
"He treated everybody the same," McCurdy said. "He had the kids smiling, he had the kids laughing. Last year I said, 'Josh, I've got a group of at-risk kids and I need you to mentor them, I need you to be a role model,' and he said, 'Absolutely, anything you need.' And he was just a natural. He built a relationship with them, he mentored them, he was such a positive light in their lives, that I knew he was on course for where he needed to be. He was going back to school, he was getting his elementary education certification, and he was right on track."