Each year, the three high school journalism programs that win the general excellence award in the WNA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest each receive a $1,000 Branen Scholarship.
The Branen family sponsored scholarship is named for the former publisher and president of the Burlington Standard Press. Branen, who became the state’s youngest editor in 1953, is a past president of the then-Wisconsin Press Association.
The Branen Scholarship was initially awarded to Burlington High School students, but since 1999 has been awarded to the three high school general excellence winners in the WNA Better Newspaper Contest.
School newspapers receiving a $1,000 Branen Scholarship for awards earned during the 2016 contest include:
- Gibraltar High School (Fish Creek), The Viking Voice (Group A – Fewer than 500 students)
- Appleton North High School, Noctiluca (Group B – Extra Curricular Activity – More than 500)
- Homestead High School (Mequon), The Highlander (Group B – In-Class Activity – More than 500)