Texas Senior Receives National Scholarship
EDGEFIELD, S.C. – The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased to announce Delbert Weston Reynolds of Lufkin, Texas, as the national recipient of the 2019 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.
The $10,000 scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak, will help fund Reynolds’ education when he attends Texas Tech University this fall.
“Moving forward, I will attend Texas Tech University and pursue a degree in agricultural communications,” Reynolds wrote in his essay submission. “With this degree, I plan to participate in government affairs. I primarily aspire to advocate for advancements in the agricultural industry, but also plan to promote a healthier environment for wildlife and the protection of our ecosystems.”
Reynolds graduated valedictorian of his Huntington High School 2019 class with a 4.0 grade point average. In addition to his academic achievements, Reynolds interns at a veterinary clinic, has a job in the agricultural field, holds numerous leadership positions and participates in a number of organizations including:
· Texas and District 5 4-H
· National Honor Society
· National Society of High School Scholars
· Huntington High School Student Council
· National FFA
· Varsity Sports
· Drug-Free All Stars
· Christians in Action
He also received scholarships through the Pineywoods NWTF Chapter ($500.00) and Texas State NWTF Chapter ($2,000), making him eligible to compete for the $10,000 NWTF National Scholarship. The Pineywoods NWTF Chapter has awarded over 18, $500.00 scholarships over the years to a student from Angelina County
According to Jennifer Reynolds, Weston’s mother, “Weston has attended the local Texas State JAKES Event for over 10 years. He is a member of the Angelina County 4-H Archery Team and this 4-H group operates an Archery Shooting Station each year at the annual JAKES Conservation Field Day."
The NWTF is proud to have supported 5.4 million dollars in academic scholarships to students across North America who demonstrate a commitment to conservation, academic excellence and who possess the leadership skills to make a difference. In 2018, the NWTF awarded $201,000 in scholarships.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698