A small Catholic college closes, and some fear it won’t be the only one

As she neared the end of high school, Clare Kelnhofer's future had its share of uncertainties. But where she'd go to college wasn't one — at least at first.

Kelnhofer, of Brandon, had decided she'd go to Holy Family College — the only college she'd applied to. The fit was perfect: the right size, the right values, passionate professors, close proximity to family in Manitowoc.

The school recruited her to play basketball. She won a prestigious, full tuition scholarship to pursue a degree in actuarial science.

Then, without warning, Holy Family announced May 7 that the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity had decided to close the college at the end of the summer term.

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