2022 Scholarships & Recipients

A Scholarship Fund created by gifts from individuals, organizations and businesses, awards education grants to selected area students.  The following 64 scholarships totaling $123,000 were awarded from 31 of the Foundation’s Scholarship Funds, together with a generous 2021 donation from Kristen Albrecht in memory of her husband, Paul McNulty.

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500)David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500)David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

Madysen McCormick

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

Course of Study: Biology-Health Sciences/Master’s for Physician Assistant
Career Path: Physician Assistant in an area of need

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500) David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500) David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

Ashley Rush

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Oshkosh

Course of Study: Elementary Education
Career Path: Elementary Teacher

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500) Security Financial Bank Foundation Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500) Security Financial Bank Foundation Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Jessica Olson

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Viterbo University

Course of Study: Accounting
Career Path: Accountant for a Small Business

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500)

Black River Falls Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,500)

Kasey Roskos

(2018 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Elementary Education & Special Education
Career Path: Special Education Teacher at Red Creek Elementary

BRF Area Foundation Annual Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

BRF Area Foundation Annual Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Cassidy Boerger

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Career Path: Speech and Language Pathologist

BRF Area Foundation Annual Senior Scholarship ($2,000)

BRF Area Foundation Annual Senior Scholarship ($2,000)

Robert Cogswell

Black River Falls
Attending: North Dakota State University

Course of Study: Civil Engineering

Career Path: Civil Engineer

 

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

Faith Leisgang

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Chippewa Valley Technical College

Course of Study: Digital Marketing and Business Management

Career Path: Work in Eau Claire Area as a Digital Marketer

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

Danielle Johnson

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Western Technical College

Course of Study: Digital Media Production

Career Path: News Video Editor

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

BRF Area Foundation Impact Scholarship ($1,000 per semester up to 4)

Rosemary Baugh

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Chippewa Valley Technical College

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: To return to BRF and work as an RN

BRF High School Store Scholarship ($500)

BRF High School Store Scholarship ($500)

Chloe Olson

Black River Falls
Attending: UW River Falls

Course of Study: Elementary Education

Career Path: Work as an Elementary Teacher

 

Allan Brenengen Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Allan Brenengen Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Keegan Holman

Alma Center

Attending: Western Technical College

Course of Study:Associate of Arts

Career Path: Physical Education Teacher

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

McKenna Dutton

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Platteville

Course of Study: Health and Human Performance/Physical Education

Career Path: High School Physical Education Teacher

 

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Abigail Nelson

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Milwaukee

Course of Study: Major-Video Production; Minor-International Business

Career Path: Music Video Director

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Erin Rodenberg

(2015 BRF Graduate) (2020 UW Eau Claire Cum Laude Graduate with BS in Psychology)

Black River Falls
Attending: University of Western States (Second year Grad School)

Course of Study: Master of Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Career: Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Alyssa Stemper

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Winona State University

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Work as a Nurse Practitioner

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Tim & Kay Finch Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Eric Wojtalewicz

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Green Bay

Course of Study:Major-Psychology; Minor-Biology, Criminal Justice & Dance

Career Path: Forensic Psychiatrist

Don Halverson Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)  High School Senior Athletic Scholarship ($1,000)

Don Halverson Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) High School Senior Athletic Scholarship ($1,000)

Michael Roou

Black River Falls
Attending: UW La Crosse

Course of Study: Business

Career Path: Real Estate Developer

David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

David & Marilyn Hoffman Scholarship ($2,000)

Jeremiah Rumsey

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Double Major – Economics & Finance

Career Path: Financial Advisor

High School Senior Athletic Scholarship ($1,000) Duane & Lavina Hoffman Scholarship ($1,500)

High School Senior Athletic Scholarship ($1,000) Duane & Lavina Hoffman Scholarship ($1,500)

Makayla Nortman

Black River Falls
Attending: Viterbo University

Course of Study: Accounting

Career Path: Work as an Accountant

Duane & Lavina Hoffman Scholarship ($1,500)

Duane & Lavina Hoffman Scholarship ($1,500)

Gabriella Bernabei-Grassi

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Music Education

Career Path: High School Music Teacher

Duane & Lavina Hoffman 2022 Bonus Scholarship ($2,000) Leland & Jeanette Larson 2022 Bonus Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) Paul McNulty Memorial Senior Scholarship Award ($1,000)

Duane & Lavina Hoffman 2022 Bonus Scholarship ($2,000) Leland & Jeanette Larson 2022 Bonus Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) Paul McNulty Memorial Senior Scholarship Award ($1,000)

Summer Rufsholm

Black River Falls
Attending: UW La Crosse

Course of Study:Business Management

Career Path: Business related career (Undecided on specific direction)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Emma Bible

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Whitewater

Course of Study:Marketing with an Emphasis in Professional Sales

Career Path: Working in the Sales & Marketing Industry

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Zoe Dal Cerro

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: New York University

Course of Study: Environmental Economics

Career Path: Environmental Law/Communications

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Noah O’Brien

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Social Work Certificate in Social Diversity & Gerontology

Career Path: Social Worker for Veterans, Abused Women or AODA

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Sydney Sampson-Webb

(2019 Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Milwaukee

Course of Study: BBA in Marketing with a Communication Minor

Career Path: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Marketing, Bakery Owner

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Peter & Jone Hoffman Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Eleanor Wirtz

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UM Twin Cities

Course of Study:  Journalism/Strategic Communications

Career Path: Journalist; Public Relations Specialist

Alice Homstad Memorial Scholarship-Year 2 of 2 ($2,500)

Alice Homstad Memorial Scholarship-Year 2 of 2 ($2,500)

Caleb Laufenberg

Hixton
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Environmental Public Health

Career Path: Epidemiologist

Alice Homstad Memorial Scholarship-Year 1 of 2 ($2,500)

Alice Homstad Memorial Scholarship-Year 1 of 2 ($2,500)

Graham Rockouski

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Missouri University of Science & Technology

Course of Study: Aerospace Engineering

Career Path: Working in the Space Industry designing Thrusters for spacecraft.  Eventually I hope to be a Project Manager.

Richard Hilliker Scholarship ($2,000)

Richard Hilliker Scholarship ($2,000)

Abigail Hill

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW River Falls

Course of Study: Conservation & Environmental Planning

Career Path: Wildlife Conservation & Management

Elizabeth Danielson Janssen Nursing Scholarship ($2,000)

Elizabeth Danielson Janssen Nursing Scholarship ($2,000)

Ellen Janke

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Registered Nurse

Krohn Clinic Physicians Scholarship ($2,000)

Krohn Clinic Physicians Scholarship ($2,000)

Hope Roskos

Black River Falls
Attending: Chippewa Valley Technical College

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Nurse Practitioner/Obstetrical Nurse

Gerald & Nancy Laabs Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Gerald & Nancy Laabs Alumni Scholarship ($2,000)

Kyle Gilbertson

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Madison

Course of Study: Double Major-International Studies & Spanish

Career Path: Consulting (International/Environmental)

Gerald & Nancy Laabs Senior Scholarship ($2,000)

Gerald & Nancy Laabs Senior Scholarship ($2,000)

Paige Blackdeer

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Madison

Course of Study:Environmental Science

Career Path: Research

Leland & Jeanette Larson Memorial Scholarship – Taylor ($2,000)

Leland & Jeanette Larson Memorial Scholarship – Taylor ($2,000)

Madyson Schultz

Taylor
Attending: Western Technical College

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Work as a Nurse

Leland & Jeanette Larson Memorial Rotating Scholarship – ACHM ($2,000)

Leland & Jeanette Larson Memorial Rotating Scholarship – ACHM ($2,000)

Lily Nichols

Hixton
Attending: UW Madison

Course of Study:Biology/Chemistry

Career Path: Dentist

Lions/Rotary Scholarship ($2,000)

Lions/Rotary Scholarship ($2,000)

Gabrielle Pardoe

Black River Falls
Attending: UW River Falls

Course of Study: Pre-Veterinarian/Animal Science

Career Path: Veterinarian

Ralph & Alice Lund Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Mary Perry Fine Arts Scholarship ($1,000)

Ralph & Alice Lund Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Mary Perry Fine Arts Scholarship ($1,000)

Lauren Lund

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Stout

Course of Study: Graphic Design

Career Path: Art Director (Focus on Visual Style)

Kelly Mauck Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Kelly Mauck Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Mackenzie Dougherty

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study:Elementary Education

Career Path: Elementary Teacher in BRF

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Gabriella Antonelli

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: Viterbo University

Course of Study: Major – Biology; Minor – Business

Career Path: Orthodontist and Dental Office Owner

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Quinn Cerda-Reyes

(2021 BRF Graduate)

Sparta
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Criminal Justice

Career Path: Cybersecurity and Detective Work

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Isabella Cowles

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: North Central University, Minneapolis, MN

Course of Study:Secondary Communication Arts Education

Career Path: High School English Teacher in a Public School

aul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

aul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Natalie Gawron

(2016 BRF Graduate)
(2020 UW Oshkosh Cum Laude Graduate – Human Biology)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Oshkosh

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Obtain BSN and later Nurse Practitioner

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Sarah Guenther

(2019 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW La Crosse

Course of Study: Major – Psychology; Minor – Anthropology

Career Path: Licensed Therapist

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Jared Laufenberg

(2018 BRF Graduate)

Hixton
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Double Major – Marketing & Management

Career Path: Business

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Paul McNulty Memorial Alumni Scholarship Award ($2,000)

Reese Vold

(2018 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Stout

Course of Study: Major- Packaging; Minor – Sustainability

Career Path: Packaging Engineer in the Medical or Food & Beverage Industry

Philip & Aldena Meyer Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Philip & Aldena Meyer Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Annelise Swiggum

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Stout

Course of Study: Elementary Education

Career Path: Elementary Special Education Teacher

Philip & Aldena Meyer Memorial Bonus Scholarship ($1,000)

Philip & Aldena Meyer Memorial Bonus Scholarship ($1,000)

Michael Antonelli

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Madison

Course of Study: Biochemistry

Career Path: Family Physician

Rick Millis Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)  Robert (Knuckles) Johnson Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) Meghan Powell Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Rick Millis Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) Robert (Knuckles) Johnson Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) Meghan Powell Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Trystyn Hoffman

Hixton
Attending: UW Madison

Course of Study: Accounting and Finance

Career Path: Undecided

Rick Millis Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)

Rick Millis Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)

Taylor Stanley

Humbird
Attending: Chippewa Valley Technical College

Course of Study: Nursing

Career Path: Registered Nurse with Obstetrics Specialty

 

Dean Nortman Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Dean Nortman Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Betsy Olson

Black River Falls
Attending: Western Technical College or College of Eastern Idaho

Course of Study: Radiology Technician or Registered Nurse

Career Path: Work in a Health Care Facility

Ann Krohn Peterson Scholarship ($2,000)

Ann Krohn Peterson Scholarship ($2,000)

Sam Lund

(2020 BRF Graduate)

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study:Social Studies Education

Career Path: Teacher at a High School or a University

Lt. Terry Preston Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Lt. Terry Preston Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Nathan Marecek

Black River Falls
Attending: UW La Crosse

Course of Study: Forensic Science, Criminology, Criminal Justice

Career Path: Join a Policing Academy and become a Crime Scene Investigator or Detective

 

Gene & Judy Ransom Scholarship ($2,000)

Gene & Judy Ransom Scholarship ($2,000)

Isabella Marie Heredia

Alma Center
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Undecided

Career Path: Find my interests and pursue them

Dustin Rozmenoski Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Dustin Rozmenoski Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Blake Williams

Black River Falls
Attending: UW Eau Claire

Course of Study: Basic Welding

Career Path: Welding and Alaskan Fishing Guide