MISSOULA, Mont. – The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recognized six outstanding student conservation leaders from across the country through its scholarship program by rewarding each of them with a Wildlife Leadership Award (WLA).
“Each of the recipients has shown through their studies and their passion that they want to make a real difference for wildlife and wild landscapes,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “We hope this recognition will provide a stepping stone to help them further their careers.”
The WLA program is unique to the conservation world and is both well-known and highly regarded in academia. It was established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals. The program awards a $3,000 scholarship to college juniors and seniors chosen for their leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation and scholastic achievements.
They also receive a one year RMEF membership.
Through 2014, the scholarship program awarded a total of $261,000 to 159 students who represent 57 universities across the United States and Canada. Dozens of recipients pursued careers in wildlife-related fields, and at least four of the recipients eventually became RMEF employees.
“We encourage students of all ages to develop an interest in conservation and wildlife management,” added Henning.
Go here to learn more about the WLA, including how to apply for future consideration.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.5 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.orgor 800-CALL ELK.
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