Each year, the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce (BRACC) awards two 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 estate be used to benefit local scholars.
The Fern Helbling Business Scholarship is awarded to a male or female student enrolled in a four-year college. The student must be at least a college sophomore in good standing. Students must currently be taking at least six credits and enrolled in a business curriculum.
A second scholarship is the Fern Helbling Women’s Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to women 25 years of age or older, and enrolled in a two or four-year college and currently taking at least six 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 must be a Jackson County resident.
Applicants must have good moral standards, an unquestionable reputation and be able to provide three character references. The students will be required to submit an essay on their goals and plans for achieving those goals.
The applicants may apply and receive more than one scholarship during undergraduate years. In 2018, the maximum scholarship amount in each category will be $500.