EDGEFIELD, S.C. – The National Wild Turkey Federation recently awarded a $5,000 National FFA Organization Collegiate Scholarship to Brady Sluder of Crandall, Georgia.
Sluder, a senior at North Murray High School, has maintained a 3.8 GPA and is active in his school’s FFA programing. He plans to attend Dalton State College this fall to further his education in the field of agriculture by majoring in wildlife management, general agriculture or livestock/poultry science.
“I am humbled and honored to have even been considered for this scholarship,” Sluder said. “My parents are nothing short of amazing, but hunting just wasn’t a hobby of theirs. So it was my grandpa who introduced me to the outdoors. Wildlife conservation is important to me because I want to help provide outdoor opportunities for kids who grew up, or are living, in similar situations to what I experienced.”
The NWTF-funded scholarship is administered by the National FFA Organization and requires that candidates be supportive of and actively involved in wildlife conservation, the preservation of the nation’s hunting heritage or other activities that support the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
“Individuals like Brady are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”
The NWTF has funded the FFA scholarship since 1998, contributing nearly $100,000. State and chapter level support from the NWTF totals an additional $100,000 in financial contributions for FFA programs and activities.
To learn more about the FFA Schoalrship program, visit www.ffa.org/scholarships.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698