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Mississippi State University Announces Waterfowl Scholarship

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MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss., Dec. 18, 2006 – The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University (MSU) is accepting applications for the Scenic Homes “Dr. Richard M. Kaminski” scholarship in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. This is an $8,000 annually renewable scholarship available to high school seniors and undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in waterfowl and wetlands science and conservation at MSU.

“Ducks Unlimited has hired several Mississippi State graduates who earned bachelors and advanced degrees in the wildlife and fisheries program,” said MSU Alumni and DU Director of Conservation Programs Dr. Curtis Hopkins. “This scholarship will attract quality students to the waterfowl program at Mississippi State, and help produce knowledgeable professionals who will guide future waterfowl and wetlands conservation efforts.”

High school seniors with an ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1,090 are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must be, or plan to be full-time students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree and wildlife and fisheries science option of the College of Forest Resources at MSU. Current students with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply and undergraduate students from other universities interested in transferring to MSU may also apply.

For more information, students should visit the MSU College of Forest Resources Web site (http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/) and click on the link for “Waterfowl Scholarship Information.” Interested and qualified students can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume indicating a desire to compete for the scholarship. Applicants should specify whether they desire to compete for a scholarship beginning in the fall or spring semester. In addition, applicants must submit an essay explaining their reason for applying, need for the scholarship, short and long-term professional and personal goals and any other pertinent information. Essays should not exceed three pages, double-spaced.

Send applications to Dr. Bruce D. Leopold, Head; Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Mississippi State University; Box 9690; Mississippi State, MS 39762, bleopold@cfr.msstate.edu, (662)-325-8726 (FAX).

Mississippi State University is a land grant university dedicated to delivering excellent programs of teaching, research and outreach that improve the lives and opportunities of the citizens of the state, region and world.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands ­- nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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(601) 206-5449
jkross@ducks.org

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