Brown College Broadcast Students Get New Scholarship

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Tribute to Del Fisher is Donated by the Dakota Radio Group

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To help future broadcasters realize their dream, well, we couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to our colleague and friend, Del Fisher.

Mendota Heights, MN - Brown College announced today that the Dakota Radio Group and the listeners of KGFX have designated a donation of $8,500 to the Career Education Scholarship Fund, in support of Brown College students who embody a commitment to service and community. It has been established to honor the memory of Del Fisher. The award will be given in increments of $1,000 annually.

Applications are currently being accepted to be considered for a scholarship of $1,000 for the 2009 academic year from the Career Education Scholarship Fund. All applicants must either be attending full-time or enrolled in Brown College Radio Broadcasting program. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and prospective recipients will be judged on the following criteria: Financial Need, Student Essay, Service and Leadership, Letter(s) of Recommendation. The deadline for submissions to the Career Education Scholarship Fund is May 15th, 2009. The scholarship is not renewable.

"When mulling over the possibilities for establishing a scholarship in Del's name, we immediately thought of Brown College, as many of our employees here at Dakota Radio Group, including myself and our General Manager, Mark Swendsen, are Brown grads," said Paul Rollie, Program Director. "Brown College has long-earned a reputation for training solid, quality broadcasters…instruction second to none, that comes from experienced radio professionals and is set in an actual radio station "environment." To help future broadcasters realize their dream, well, we couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to our colleague and friend, Del Fisher."

Del Fisher was the embodiment of a true radio broadcaster. He began his career at the ripe old age of 14 at KOLY-AM in Mobridge, South Dakota. What began as a part time job soon led to a very successful career. Fisher spent many years at KGFX in Pierre, South Dakota where he was the morning announcer and Farm Director. He had a great love for people and genuinely cared for those in the community. Over the years, Fisher built a unique relationship with his listeners and the community. If he heard that someone was suffering from health problems or having trouble, he would contact the person in charge of the fundraiser and promote it on the air, interviewing the organizers and letting his audience know there was someone in their area in need of help.

Del was detailed in his on air presentation, constantly keeping local listeners up to date by collecting area rainfall amounts from other listeners and farmers in the area…things like rain, humidity readings, temperature, and wind speed are all elements that affect both agriculture and outdoor activities in central South Dakota and Del took great care to make sure his listeners were informed. Fisher was named the South Dakota "Broadcaster of the Year" in 1999, an honor he truly cherished.

The Career Education Scholarship Fund is a non-profit foundation that was incorporated in 1998 with the mission to help students enrich their lives by attaining a quality education in their selected discipline.

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Brown has enjoyed huge success training and graduating students in technology, design, and broadcast fields for more than 60 years. Brown College offers programs in criminal justice, broadcasting, business management, design, and technology. Founded in 1946, Brown College provides students with the knowledge, technical skills and hands-on training needed to succeed in fields such as network and software development, game design and development, graphic design, radio broadcasting, television production, digital media, criminal justice, interior design, and business management. Brown College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). For more information about Brown College visit

Contact: Karol Baumeister;, 651-905-3499.

For more information about the Career Education Scholarship Fund contact Terry Frederiksen, 847.851.7097.

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