The Jack L. Pursley Memorial Scholarship is a new scholarship being offered this year in Jackson County. It will be awarded to two graduating seniors, one from Ripley High School and one from Ravenswood High School, that will be continuing their education in either Agriculture or Veterinary Science.

Pursley was born and raised in Jackson County and was an avid farmer his entire life. He was a supporter of both Ripley and Ravenswood FFA chapters, as well as the 4-H program.

According to Pursley’s step-daughter Amy Perdue, Pursley took pride in his agricultural knowledge and his animals, all the while instilling that knowledge and love into his children and grandchildren.

“This scholarship has been established in his honor and he would be proud to know that he is helping a member of our youth to continue doing what he loved to do with the same fire in their heart and soul as he had,” Perdue said. “This is the first year for these scholarships and we plan to continue them for many years to come.”

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Feb. 29, at the Sandyville Senior Center to raise money for the scholarships. Cost is $8 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, and a drink. No reservations are needed. Items will also be available for purchase through a silent auction.