ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (March 17, 2016)- Joey Feek’s home town is making sure her legacy lives on forever.
“You don’t have a lot of people like that especially coming from such a small town,” said Misty Bynum, one of Feek's former classmates.
Feek's friends and former classmates at Alexandria-Monroe High School are starting a scholarship in her name. The Grammy-nominated country singer died earlier this month after battling cervical cancer. Joey, her husband Rory, and their daughter Indiana returned to Alexandria to spend her final months surrounded by family.
“She never forgot where she came from and it showed,” said Bynum.
There will be a committee made up of alumni, music teachers, and possibly some of Feek's family members. The music scholarship will be awarded to one or two seniors.
“She chased her dream and followed that career and that lead her to where she was and I think that’s where she was supposed to be. Music was the answer,” said Bynum.
Organizers want the recipients to not only be musically talented, but also have good grades and a good attitude.
“This was a great person who did great things and came from the same place you did and sat in the same seat in school as you did,” said Tiffany Clegg, a former classmate.
The Class of 1994 had the idea of the scholarship while Feek was still fighting. Former classmates talked to Joey’s family and they were able to tell Joey about the scholarship before she passed.
“They were excited about it and thought it was a great idea. I hope we are very successful with this so she can live on forever,” explains Bynum.
The first scholarship will be given out at Alexandria-Monroe’s graduation next year. The hope is to award it to at least one senior every year. Feek's friends and classmates want recipients to realize it’s not just about the money, it’s more about Joey’s motto on how to live.
“I want them to know just because you’re from a small town that doesn’t mean you can’t do great things,” said Clegg.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the scholarship.
There is also a fundraiser set at The Curve Inn in Alexandria and in Anderson. On April 18, there will be chicken noodle meals sold for $10 all day. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the scholarship fund.