This scholarship was established by anonymous donors in honor of the late Dr. Helen Cannon Bernfield (1900-1996), pioneering woman physician and specialist in the treatment of tuberculosis.
Having graduated from the University of Michigan as a doctor of medicine in 1924 and pursued further study at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bernfield practiced medicine privately until 1946, when she entered the Veterans Administration, whence she retired in 1973 as Chief of the Chest Clinic at the Veterans Administration Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
During her long and illustrious career, Dr. Bernfield was a generous activist. Her life-long interest in medicine reached beyond attaining her own particular goals to strongly encouraging and helping other women to enter the profession. In addition, she co-founded Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, helped organize the Girls Club of Jackson and the Mississippi Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and supported Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary.
Jack and Mary Lou Gruber both are strong believers in the value of higher education. Jack earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University in 1956.
Mary Lou attended LCSC as a non-traditional student and earner her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1980. Mary Lou was employed by LCSC as Assistant Controller for almost 20 years before retiring in 2000. She was active in several local service organizations and continued with volunteer service after her retirement.
Jack was employed by Potlatch Corporation for almost 30 years, much of that time in the public affairs department as manager. At two different times he also served as interim manager of the Lewiston Chamber of commerce. He was very active in local, state and regional service organizations.
The Jack M and Mary Lou Gruber Scholarship was established in memory of their parents, Carl and Della Gruber and Delmer and Dorotha Wolfe, who did not have the opportunity for a college education.