RHINELANDER - The process of applying to college can bring headaches and stress.
Paying for it once you're in is a bigger challenge. Rhinelander businesses and donors provided $300,000 to Rhinelander High School seniors to remove some of that financial weight in college.
The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation gave out 187 scholarships this year.
PR Chair Kelsey Thompson said the community's contribution shows the value it has in students' college education.
"This is a community that really stands behind these seniors and puts a vote of confidence in their futures and says that we as a community want to support them and believe in them," said Thompson.
There were 90 student applicants and 87 recipients this year.
Seniors Lauren Rosendahl and Jacob Mahner received the most scholarship money at today's awards.
"I'm going to be able to really focus on school the first year and not worry about having to pay for it, "said Rosendahl.
"I'm excited about everyone saying good luck to student loans because now I have nothing to worry about," said Mahner.
Lauren received more than $25,000 and Jacob received the $68,000 grand scholarship as well as two other scholarships.
Both students applied to about 30 scholarships.