EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased to announce 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 is on track to graduate as the valedictorian of his 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
- Student Council
- National FFA
- Varsity Sports
- Drug-Free All Stars
- Christians in Action
He received scholarships through the Pineywoods chapter and Texas State NWTF Chapter, making him eligible for the national scholarship. 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 raise $1.2 billion 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