Scholarship

Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference 2019 Scholarship Program

The Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference is planning on awarding either one scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 or two scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each during the 2019 Conference. Funding for the scholarships comes from tax deductable donations to the Conference Scholarship fund by Conference participants and from revenues generated by a special Conference raffle. In addition, donated funds to a separate special fund have help cover the Conference registration fees of college students enrolled in a wildlife management program and students under 18 years of age. Your tax deductable donations to these special funds are greatly appreciated!

Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference Scholarship Application

Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for these scholarships, an applicant must be registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at a Wisconsin University, College or Vocational Technical Institute (Wisconsin residency not required) in a program that has a curriculum heavily into wetland ecology or waterfowl management  or is registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at an out of state (Wisconsin residency is required in this case) University, College or Vocational Technical Institute (including Canadian schools) in a program that has a curriculum heavily into wetland ecology or waterfowl management.
Selection Process:
The recipients of the scholarships will be selected by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference Scholarship Committee. The decision of that Committee shall be final.
Application Process:
Send a letter of scholarship application to Jon R. Bergquist, CWB; 220 2nd St; Amery, WI 54001. The letter must contain the following information:

  • Applicants name, school address, and home of record address, phone numbers for each and an email address.
  • A copy of your college transcripts and grade points both undergraduate and graduate if applicable.
  • A statement of your career goals.
  • A summary of any pertinent past work experience in wildlife management including volunteer work.
  • Involvement in any extracurricular activities that pertain to your career goal
  • The name and address (including phone number and email address) of your current advisor or major professor.
  • A statement of why you feel you should be awarded this scholarship.
  • For applicants not attending a Wisconsin University, College or Vocational Technical College, proof of Wisconsin residency is required which will be the name, address and phone number of the Wisconsin high school you graduated from and the year of graduation.
  • A statement whether or not you are a licensed hunter (indicate state/province most recently hunted in) and if you are a waterfowl hunter.

 

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is November 5 2018. Those applications postmarked after November 5 will be disqualified.
Stipulation:

  • If in any year the Committee decides that no one meets the qualifications, an award will NOT be given in that year.
  • If in any year the Committee finds there are insufficient funds to cover a scholarship, an award will NOT be give in that year.
  • If in any year, the Committee awards the scholarship to a graduate student, that graduate student agrees to acknowledge the scholarship in his/her thesis and any scientific publications resulting from that thesis.

 

Notification and Processing:
The recipient(s) of the scholarship(s) will be announced at the 2019 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference and a letter will be sent to the successful candidate(s). The award will be in the form of a check that will be made out to the recipient and to the post-secondary school that the recipient is attending. The check may be mailed to the financial aid director of that school and can be collected by the recipient at the time of registration. At the Scholarship Committee’s discretion, it may present the check to the recipient direct.

2018 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference Scholarship Recipients

This year we awarded 2 $500.00 scholarships. Both recipients are undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Macayla Greider is completing her 3rd year of her undergraduate program in wetland and waterfowl ecology and upon receiving her BS degree, plans on continuing her education by going on to graduate school. She presented papers on her undergraduate research studies of mermithid infection rates at the Riveredge Nature Center Student Symposium in 2017 and at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in January 2018. While at UWSP, she has worked as a Laboratory Assistant at the Aquatic Biomonitoring Lab at UWSP and is currently the Vice President of the Student Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Congratulations Macayla!

The second recipient is Sean Mason, who is currently a sophomore at UWSP. Sean is a Wisconsinite graduating from High School in Onalaska. His long term goal is to work with waterfowl/migratory birds in the Midwest or Western regions of the country. He is currently a co-leader of an undergraduate project of the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at UWSP. He is also actively involved with the Student Chapter of the Students for Wetland Awareness, Management, and Protection at UWSP. He has done volunteer work for the WDNR Wildlife Program at Lacrosse and the Mead Wildlife Area. Congratulations Sean!

Since 2012, the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunter’s Conference has given out 11 scholarships totaling $8,800.00, thanks to tax deductable donations by the attendees and supporters of the Conference.

Scholarship Recipients 2012-2018

  • 2012: Joe Marty $800.00, graduate student, Mississippi State University
  • 2013: Joe Marty, graduate student, Mississippi State University; Nate Huck, graduate student, Texas A & M, Kingsville TX & Andy Stetter, graduate student, Kansas State University $1,000.00 each
  • 2014: Andy Stetter $1,000.00, graduate student, Kansas State University
  • 2015: Bree Bender & James Hansen $500.00 each, both undergrads at UW-Stevens Point.
  • 2016: Luke Fara $1,000.00, graduate Student Southern Illinois University
  • 2017: Luke Fara $1,000.00, graduate Student Southern Illinois University
  • 2018: Macalya Greider and Sean Mason; $500.00 each, both undergraduate students at UWSP.