RIDGELAND, Miss. – May
25, 2021 – High school seniors McNeill
Dinkins and Hunter Yelverton, from Jackson, Miss., are two of four Mississippi
students awarded 2021 scholarships from Ducks Unlimited (DU).
Dinkins is one of
two 2021 $10,000 Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship winners.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to
receive this scholarship and an even higher honor to have worked with the
people who helped me achieve this award,” Dinkins said. “In all of my years of
volunteering I never expected to be recognized because DU is my passion, the
hobby I truly love.”.
Dinkins, a founding
member of the Jackson Academy Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, has served as chapter
chairman for three years. During his tenure, the chapter raised more than $55,000
for wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
While the pandemic
hindered most events, Dinkins along with his committee, still managed to hold
an in-person event in December raising $18,000. The event helped Jackson
Academy bring home the 2020 Mississippi Ducks Unlimited Duck Bowl trophy that
is awarded to the high school DU chapter in Mississippi that raises the most
2020 chairman of the Jackson Prep Ducks Unlimited Chapter, is the 2021 winner
of the $1,000 Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation DU Conservation Scholarship.
I got the call about my scholarship, I remember feeling a pure sense of joy and
accomplishment,” Yelverton said. “The DU scholarship was a great way to
culminate all the work I did in high school, and saying I am proud to have
served the Jackson Prep Chapter would be an understatement. Every little bit
helps when it comes to paying for a good education. I am glad the people at
Ducks Unlimited have my back.”
his two-year tenure as a volunteer for the Jackson Prep Chapter, the chapter raised
more than $45,000 for DU’s mission.
with Ducks Unlimited has given me countless opportunities to make connections
with great people who share my passion for the outdoors,” Yelverton said. “Raising
awareness about wetlands conservation around my high school community and
helping to bring the competitive spirit of the Jackson Prep versus Jackson
Academy crosstown rivalry into the world of conservation has been an honor.”
Both Dinkins and Yelverton plan to attend Mississippi State
University and pursue degrees in industrial engineering.
“I am so proud of both these young
men and proud to say they are an important part of our DU family here in Mississippi,”
said Steven Bridwell, Mississippi Ducks Unlimited
State Chairman. “They have shown
me that we, as an organization and as a
country, have a bright future. We have leaders like these gentlemen that
will be our leaders tomorrow and that is great news to us all.”
Additional DU scholarship winners from Mississippi include John
Nowell Jr. of Jackson Prep, who earned a $500 DU Edward E. Milam Varsity
Scholarship and Anna Morgan King, a member of the Noxubee County DU
committee, who earned the Ronal and Patti Roberson Varsity Scholarship for
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