National Wild Turkey Federation Academic Scholarship Program

National Wild Turkey Federation Academic Scholarship Program
Eligibility:

  1. Students should be graduating seniors with a 3.0 on 4.0 scale or equivalent grade point average. (If transcript indicates a scale other than 4.0, student should have a minimum of 3.75 on a 5.0 scale, 4.5/6.0 scale, 5.25/7.0 scale, 6.0/8.0 scale, 6.75/9.0 scale or a5.0 scale, 4.5/6.0 scale, 5.25/7.0 scale, 6.0/8.0 scale, 6.75/9.0 scale or a 7.5/10.0 scale).10.0 scale)

2. Students must be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education (i.e. Junior College, Community College,  

Technical College, College or University).  

3. Students must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. A copy of current hunting license is required. 

4. Students must hold a current NWTF membership (Xtreme JAKES, student or regular membership).  

5. Students must be involved in school activities (i.e. FFA, Ecology Club, Science Club, Beta Club, Student Council, etc.).  

6. Students must demonstrate ability as a leader among his or her peers.  

7. Students must demonstrate community leadership and/or involvement (i.e. Scouting, 4-H, civic group or club, volunteer work).  

8. Students must submit an essay exhibiting dedication to conservation (see application).  

9. Three letters of recommendation must be attached to the application (i.e. teacher, counselor, community leader).  

10. High schools/students must submit complete applications to the local chapter by January 1. The local chapter president’s name and  

address should appear on the application in the box provided.  

11. Employees and board members of the NWTF and their family members are not eligible to participate in the program.  

Selection Process:

1. High schools/students will submit applicant names and qualifications on an official NWTF scholarship application, along with required attachments, to the local chapter  by January 1.

2. Local chapters will forward winners to the state chapter president by February 1. 

3. State officers will forward state winners to the NWTF headquarters by March 1, where the NWTF Scholarship Committee will select the National winner. 

5. Winners may not be notified until their high school awards banquet, as many chapters like to surprise students.  

6. The national winner will be asked to attend the National Convention for the following year to be recognized at the JAKES breakfast.  

 
Scholarship Levels: 

Most Local Scholarship Winners will receive a minimum of $250.

Most State/Provincial Scholarship Winners will receive a minimum of $1,000. 
The National Scholarship Winner will receive up to $10,000. 

Disbursement of Funds:

Students may use their scholarship at any accredited institution of higher education (i.e. Junior College, Community College, Technical 

College, College or University). The money must be used for tuition, books, fees and housing. The NWTF chapter will work with the 
student and the college financial aid officer in determining the payee when the check is issued. This will ensure the greatest benefit to 
the recipient and avoid violation of eligibility requirements. This is a one-time award for one year.