EDGEFIELD, S.C. —The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates Dakota Bowman of Briggsdale, Colorado, as the recipient of the 2016-2017 National FFA Organization Scholarship, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The $5,000 scholarship will help Bowman further her education as she plans to enroll at Colorado State University to study wildlife management
“Thank you so much for selecting me as the scholarship recipient. This will help me greatly in achieving my life-long goals. Thank you to the sponsors for donating to our organization and allowing the members to obtain scholarships.”
Bowman is an avid elk and antelope hunter, and she also has tried her hand at turkey hunting. She is on track to graduate at the top of her class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and simultaneously receive her associate’s degree in marketing management. Additionally, Bowman participates in a number of organizations and activities including:
- Competitive horse judging
- National Honors Society
- Student council
- National English Honors Society
- National Society of Leadership and Success
Since 1998, the NWTF has contributed more than $100,000 to National FFA scholarships. State chapter support from the NWTF totals an additional $130,000 in financial contributions to FFA programs and activities.
To be eligible for the $5,000 FFA scholarship funded by the NWTF, applicants must support hunting, possess strong leadership skills, achieve high academic successes and pursue a career in the field of natural resources.
Including FFA, the NWTF has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships. “We support college-bound students who are hunters with a demonstrated commitment to conservation and show leadership in their communities,” said Mandy Harling, NWTF director of Hunting Heritage Programs.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, the NWTF has facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. The NWTF has improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduce 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698