In partnership with Franklin Tomorrow and other community partners, Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore announced Dec. 8 the creation of a new scholarship fund in honor of Alderperson Pearl Bransford, who died Nov. 27 at age 67.
The Pearl Bransford Memorial Scholarship will provide funding to individuals studying health sciences at Columbia State Community College, which operates a campus in Franklin. Bransford held a bachelor's degree in nursing from Tennessee State University, a bachelor's degree in health arts from University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., and a master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. She worked as a health care professional at Vanderbilt University for 18 years.
In addition to her work in health care, Bransford also served as a board member for the Franklin Special School District board of education for 11 years and served as an alderperson on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen for 13 years.
Moore, who was one of the first scholarship donors according to Franklin Tomorrow, said the scholarship is a way to honor Bransford's support of education, health sciences and CSCC.
“Alderman Bransford’s work as a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and on the Franklin Special School District Board of Education has had a lasting impact and this fund will ensure her legacy in the medical field is ongoing as students emulate her in their professional lives,” Moore said in a release. “By associating the scholarship with Columbia State Community College, we are continuing Pearl’s commitment to Columbia State, but also the community and its future.”
The scholarship will be funded by Bransford's family, but contributions can be made by the public. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can be made by sending a check to Franklin Tomorrow, P.O. Box 383, Franklin, marking “Bransford Scholarship” on the memo line. Online donations can also be made through Franklin Tomorrow’s website at www.franklintomorrow.org.
Franklin Tomorrow, community partners launch scholarship fund honoring Pearl Bransford
Alderperson Pearl Bransford had served on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen since 2007. (Courtesy city of Franklin)