(3/26/12) Each year the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce (BRACC) awards the Fern Helbling Scholarships. Fern Helbling was a local registered nurse who passed away Dec. 21, 1999. It was her wish that the interest earned from part of her inheritance be used to benefit local scholars.
The Fern Helbling Business Scholarship is awarded to a male or female student applicant enrolled in a four-year college of his or her choice. The student applicant must be at least a college sophomore in good standing. Student must currently be taking at least 6 credits, and enrolled in a business curriculum of his or her choice.
A second scholarship being awarded by the BRACC is the Women’s Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to women 25 years of age or older, and enrolled in a two-or four-year College and currently taking at least 6 credits.
Both scholarship applications require a current degree audit or class schedule and an un-official transcript that reflects GPA. Requirements for both scholarships state the student applicant must be a Jackson County resident.
Applicants must have good moral standards, an unquestionable reputation and be able to provide three character references. The student will be required to submit an essay concerning goals and plans for achieving those goals.
The applicant may apply and receive more than one scholarship during undergraduate years. In 2012, the maximum scholarship amounts will be $500.
Application blanks are available on the website, www.blackrivercountry.net. Look for the link on the home page. Applications are also available at the BRACC office located at 120 North Water Street, Black River Falls, or can be emailed to the applicant. The application and attachments must be returned to the BRACC no later than May 15, 2012.