Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference 2018 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 2018 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

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 2017. Those applications postmarked after November 5 will be disqualified.

  • 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 2018 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.



2017 Scholarship Recipient announced at 2016 Conferencelukefara

The recipient of the 2017 $1,000.00 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference is Luke Fara. Luke grew up in Wisconsin Rapids where he attended High School. He received his BS degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Wildlife Ecology and Management and he is currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University where he is wrapping up his Masters Degree requirements in Wildlife Ecology and Management. His graduate thesis is on life history aspects of the Long Tail Duck.






January 3, 2017
Luke Fara
Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab
Southern Illinois University
1125 Lincoln Drive – MC 6504
Life Science II, Room 251
Carbondale, IL 62901

Congratulations Luke! It is our pleasure to inform you that you are the recipient of the 2017 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference $1,000.00 Scholarship. At this time, we plan on announcing that fact on Saturday morning March 11 during the lunch break, of our 2017 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference. The Conference will be held on March 11 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Please let me know if you will be attending the Conference this year. Your parents are welcome to attend if they wish and if they do, I suggest they contact me for specific details.

We ask that you provide us a “Thank You” letter and a picture of yourself (doing field or lab work is just fine) that we can place on our website. For our benefit, we suggest that the letter and picture be sent to as attachments to the email. We also hope that Dr. Michael Eichholz, your advisor, will provide a similar “Thank You” letter as this will help sell our Scholarship Program to Conference participants in the future.

We intend to use some of the information you provided in your scholarship application during the formal announcement of your scholarship at the Conference.

I have enclosed a Conference registration form. Because you are a student at SIU, you qualify for the $15.00 registration fee.

Again, on behalf of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference, it’s Steering Committee and its Scholarship Committee, CONGRATULATIONS and we wish you the best in your career in Wildlife Management.

Jon R. Bergquist, CWB

Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference Scholarship Committee, Chair

220 2nd St

Amery, WI 54001



cc: Dr. Michael Eichholz
Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory
Southern Illinois University
1125 Lincoln Drive
251 Life Science II
Mail Code 6504
Carbondale, IL 62901




Jon R. Bergquist, CWB

Chair, WWHC Scholarship Committee

220 2nd St

Amery, WI 54001


On behalf of Luke Fara, I would like to thank the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference for their continued support.  You clearly have a good understanding of what make’s Luke such an appropriate individuals for this reward, so I won’t reiterate his individuals virtues and accomplishments.  Instead, I would like to discuss how your scholarship benefits general waterfowl conservation and management.

Ensuring waterfowl maintain their standing as an important management and conservation priority for both consumptive and non-consumptive users requires personnel in both state and federal agencies understand the unique value of these organisms.  Employees of state and federal agencies that recognize the value of waterfowl often develop this recognition during their experience as a graduate student at one of the many wildlife biology programs found in universities across the country.  Through these programs, a recognition of the value and benefits of waterfowl and wetland management and conservation is developed not only by the students that are directly involved waterfowl and wetland research (such as Luke), but also by the “non-waterfowl students”, students studying other organisms or terrestrial habitat.  Non-waterfowl students are often introduced and educated in the value of waterfowl and wetlands through social interactions with students studying waterfowl and wetlands and waterfowl and wetland curriculum.  The ability of universities to support graduate wildlife programs that include a waterfowl and wetland ecology emphasis is dependent on individuals, state and federal agencies, and NGOs recognizing the value of these programs.  Your scholarship program not only provides financial assistance to students studying waterfowl, but it helps demonstrate to university administrators that the public recognizes waterfowl ecology as an important component of the university wildlife curriculum, demonstrating that support not just with words, but action.

In summary, I thank you for the continued support of Luke Fara’s scholarly activities, but just as importantly, I thank you for demonstrating your support of waterfowl ecology as part of the university wildlife curriculum.

Mike Eichholz Ph.D.
Avian/Wetland Ecologist-
Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab.
Center for Ecology
Associate Professor, Dept. of Zoology
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Through past donor’s generosity, WWHC has been able to award $8,300 in scholarship money over the past six years. Donations like yours made that happen! Your donation this past year will allow the WWHC to again offer one $1,000.00 scholarship or two $500.00 scholarships in 2018. Again thank you for your donation.

The scholarship(s) are funded by generous tax deductable donations by past Conference attendees to our special Student Scholarship fund. You can make that tax deductable donation any time by making out a check to “Wisconsin Wildlife Federation”, noting on the check Memo or For line “WWHC Scholarship Fund” and sending that check to Jon R. Bergquist, 220 2nd St, Amery, WI 54001 or by including a donation to the Scholarship Fund on the 2018 Conference registration form.


2012: Joe Marty $800.00, Mississippi State University, MS Degree.

2013: Joe Marty $1,000.00 Mississippi State University PhD, continuing to work on PhD.

2013: Nate Huck $1,000.00 Texas A & M,  MS degree, recently hired by Wyoming Fish and Game as their Migratory Game Bird Biologist.

2013 and 2014: Andy Setter $1,000.00 Kansas State University,  MS degree and is currently working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in their Career Pathways program and is seeking a permanent position with the Fish and Wildlife Service.

2015: Bree Bender, $500.00.Completed her BS degree at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is working as an Associate in Research at Duke University assisting on a project determining how land use impacts organic and metallic  contaminates in urban streams and plans on seeking a Master’s degree program dealing with wetland ecology in the near future.

2015: James Hansen, $500.00. Currently completing his BS degree at University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and hopes to get into a MS program in Waterfowl and wetland ecology.

2016: Luke Fara. $1,000.00. Currently starting an MS program at Southern Illinois University in Wildlife Ecology and Management

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