Polk-Burnett 40 et 8 Voiture Locale 236 recently presented $600 Scholarship checks to Burnett County High School Graduates Madison Thiex and Caitlyn Lee to help them achieve their goals to become Registered Nurses.
40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux (Forty and Eight) was formed after WWI as the fun and honor society of the American Legion. In 1941 Forty and Eight began issuing Nurses Scholarships to deserving individuals willing to undergo formal training and make a career of that very noble profession. In 1946, an acute shortage of nurses came to the attention of Voyageurs and a Nurses Training Program was initiated at the Voiture Locale level, to include High School graduates from Polk and Burnett Counties.
Madison Thiex is a 2021 Siren High School Graduate and is completing her 2nd year at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Madison’s parents are Travis and Amy Thiex from Webster.
Caitlyn Lee is a 2022 Grantsburg High School Graduate and is in her 1st year at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Caitlyn’s parents are Curt and Julie Lee from Grantsburg.
Both $600.00 scholarships are renewable up to four years for a potential total amount of $2,400.00 to help these students obtain their nurses training objectives.
In addition to annual Nurses Training Scholarships, Voiture 236 also provides funds for unmet emergent needs of children 17 years of age or younger. These situations may arise out of natural disasters, i.e., floods, tornadoes, fire, etc.
Left to Right: Chef de Gare Passe Don Anderson, Caitlyn Lee, Voiyageur Wayne Norling, Chef de Train Terry Hendricks