BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Scholarships can make attending college a lot easier.

A student-trainer at Virginia Tech donated his scholarship to honor his father.

Josh Chambers is a student-trainer for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team. Wherever he's needed, that's where Chambers is. The hours are long and the grind can be gross.

"Every manager has one or two laundry loads. You just got to come in and get it done."

Four years ago, Josh saw the worst.

On April 26, 2010, his father, Jay, died of Lou Gehrig's disease. He was diagnosed four years earlier. Eventually, his body was paralyzed but his mind remained intact.

Jay was a military man Josh who worked hard all his life. Several weeks ago, Josh earned a $1,000 scholarship as a student-trainer, money that would help him finish college. Instead he's donating that money to raise awareness about the disease that killed his dad.

"My family, we don't have a lot of money,” Chambers said. “We're having a lot of financial problems as it is, and to give up the scholarship meant a lot less room for error."

At least four times a week, trainers and players meet in the weight room, sometimes as early as 5 am. Giving up that scholarship took guts.

"You have to work your way up to receive that kind of scholarship and with this being our first year as a staff and Josh being first year part of our program. Again it's not something easy that you obtain overnight," said Jeff Reynolds, the director of Virginia Tech men's basketball.

So this is Josh, a guy who gave up a "hard-to-come-by" scholarship, who doesn't mind the dirty work and simply wants to honor his father.

"I just think about my dad. I think about what he would want,” Chambers said.

Listen to what Josh says next and you know his father is proud.

"Every day I come in here I get goose bumps. It sounds corny but this is my dream job,” Chambers said.