Shimano offering scholarships for high schoolers

High school seniors planning to major in the biology, fisheries, wildlife or natural resource fields are eligible for five $3,000 scholarships that will be awarded as part of the Shimano Varsity program designed to aid high school and college anglers in achieving success in higher education.

Application forms – with a May 15 deadline – are available to high school seniors in both the U.S. and Canada, and may be found on the ‘Shimano Varsity’ program web site at Winners will be notified by early June, with a special announcement planned at the B.A.S.S. 2017 High School Championship in Paris Landing, Tenn.

Over the past 20 years, there reportedly has been a critical decline in professional natural resource managers who fish and hunt.

“The future of the fishing industry is based on sustainable use and proper management of our public lands and waters,” said Phil Morlock, vice president for government affairs/advocacy at Shimano. “We hope our scholarship program helps recruits these students who already enjoy fishing and understand the importance of conservation efforts through their involvement with B.A.S.S. to pursue a college degree in natural resource professions.”

A panel, consisting of Morlock, B.A.S.S. conservation director Gene Gilliland and Chris Horton with the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation will determine the scholarship winners.

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