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updated 2:01 AM UTC, Feb 16, 2019

BRACC Awards Scholarships

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(7/24/13) 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 December 21, 1999.  It was her wish that the interest earned from part of her inheritance be used to benefit local scholars. 

The 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, currently taking at least 6 credits, and enrolled in a business curriculum of his or her choice.  

Selected for the 2013, Business Scholarship was Miranda Kunes of Melrose, WI. Miranda is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Business and Professional Communication and a Business Administration minor. She will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship.


A second scholarship being awarded by BRACC is the Women's Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to women 25 years of age or older, who are enrolled in a two-or four-year college and currently taking at least 6 credits.

Selected to receive the 2013, Women Over 25 Scholarship was Holly Rodenberg, also of Melrose, WI.  Rodenberg is enrolled at Winona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She will also be awarded a $500.00 scholarship.

Requirements for both scholarships state the student applicant must be a Jackson County resident. The applicant may apply and receive up to three scholarships.

BRACC is honored to have selected these individuals to receive scholarships and have carried out the wishes of Fern Helbling in doing so.


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