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Scholarship offered to those active in hunting, preservation

Students involved in outdoors culture will have the opportunity to earn money towards a college education thanks to a scholarship provided by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Unaka Mountain Longbeards chapter of the NWTF is offering a $500 scholarship to a Unicoi County High School senior who takes an active part in hunting culture and preservation.
According to UML President Richard Lewis, applicants should have a current hunting license and actively participate in hunting culture.
“It’s not about hunting for sport,” Lewis said. “It’s about respect and using the whole animal.”
He explained the culture is to use every part of animals that are hunted, along with conservation efforts such as planting trees and restoring habitats.
He said the scholarship encourages students to not only be mentored, but also become mentors to others.
“You don’t have to be old to be a mentor,” Lewis said.
Students must also provide an essay describing the values of sportsman culture, and what it means to them.
He said the scholarship is in its fourth year, with $500 being awarded at the local level. The winner will then move on for a chance to win a $1,000 state award, and, if chosen, a $10,000 national scholarship.
Applications are available in the UCHS guidance counselors office as well as Four Seasons Outdoor Country Store, 3212 Temple Hill Road.  The deadline to turn the application in to the guidance office is Jan. 5, 2011.