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06/22/2011

Texas Student Wins NWTF's National FFA Scholarship


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David Underwood received the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship, administered by the NWTF.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The NWTF has awarded David Underwood, of Dimmitt, Texas, a $5,000 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship.

Underwood graduated second in his class of 65 students at Dimmitt High School and maintained a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average throughout his high school career. He plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall to pursue a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.

To be eligible for the $5,000 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship, administered by the NWTF, applicants must support the preservation of North America's hunting heritage, actively participate in hunting, possess strong leadership skills and have experience working or volunteering in their community.

Underwood served as president of his local National FFA Organization, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and National 4-H Shooting Sports' trap shooting chapters, and was voted Best All Around by his fellow students.

He also is an accomplished athlete who was team captain of his high school football team and named second-team, all-district defensive tackle.

Underwood, an avid hunter who enjoys hunting with his dad and brother, participated in a Texas Brigades leadership conference as a freshman and then began speaking to groups about his passion for wildlife conservation. Throughout his high school years, he raised quail and mallard ducks from hatchlings and released them into the wild.

He was also among a select group of DHS seniors chosen to participate in a Peers Assisting Leadership Skills youth program as a mentor for local elementary students.

"This scholarship will help me pursue my dream career in the wildlife field," said Underwood. "I hope to one day manage my own ranch and hunting-guide business. Involving youth will be an important part of what I do, because the future of hunting and wildlife conservation depends upon the choices they make."

To date, the NWTF has sponsored $76,000 in National FFA Organization scholarships and provided more than $91,000 in support of other National FFA Organization activities across the country and contributed more than $146,000.

Christine Rolka, NWTF education director said, "The shared commitment to support outstanding students like David Underwood has solidified our 12-year relationship with the National FFA Organization. Without question, college-bound students can count on the NWTF's continued support of these future conservation leaders' educational and career goals."

The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. This year alone, 132 sponsors provided 1,446 scholarships totaling $1.9 million. There were more than 8,300 total applicants.

For more information about NWTF academic scholarships, visit www.nwtf.org or email scholarshipinfo@nwtf.net.

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