Officials with Franklin Tomorrow and the city of Franklin stood alongside family members of former alderperson Pearl Bransford June 8 to present the inaugural endowment to Columbia State Community College as part of a new scholarship program.

The Pearl Bransford Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in honor of Bransford, who died last November at age 67.

The organization raised $50,000 for the fund through community donations.

"When Mayor [Ken] Moore called me regarding Pearl's untimely death, we were so sad and thought, 'What can we do?'" Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate said during the meeting. Pearl Bransford was a great supporter of Franklin Tomorrow. She was also a great supporter of our town, but she probably loved Columbia State as much as she loved anything else."

The scholarship will go toward tuition for students pursuing degrees in health science, according to Franklin Tomorrow. Bransford was a longtime health care professional, according to the city.

“I want to thank Franklin Tomorrow and Mayor Moore and everyone who has contributed to this fund because it will go to help others. But most of all I want to thank Pearl Bransford. Pearl was a member of our foundation and she loved Columbia State dearly,” CSCC President Janet Smith said.