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Ag Students Receive Quail Coalition Scholarships

Nov. 8, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Members of the Tu-Mile Chapter of Quail Coalition came to Sam Houston State University recently to recognize five agriculture students who have been selected to receive scholarships from the conservation organization. Pictured from left to right, front row: Haley Vrazel, Hanna Eiland, Rachel Baker and Stephanie White.  Back row: John Hereford, Stephen Dawson, Ken Tarpey, Buddy Smith, Sam Moak and Kyle Durr. — Photo by Brian Blalock

 

Five Sam Houston State University students are the recipients of scholarships funded by the local conservation group Tu-Mile Chapter of Quail Coalition.

The scholarships are $1,000 each and benefit students within the Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences.

The students are Hanna Eiland, a senior animal science major from Humble; Rachel Baker, a freshman interdisciplinary agriculture major from Dayton; Stephanie White, an agriculture graduate student from Corsicana who has received the scholarship three consecutive years; Haley Vrazel, an agriculture graduate student from Cameron; and Kyle Durr, a senior agriculture education major from Arlington.

“This is the third year that we have been able to offer five scholarships to students at Sam Houston State University,” said Buddy Smith, chairman of the Tu-Mile Chapter. “We are pleased to be able to help with the education of students who will go on to have careers that will impact wildlife ecology.”

The Tu-Mile Chapter is the oldest quail conservation group in Texas. It was originally associated with the national Quail Unlimited organization until 2009 when the chapter joined other Texas chapters in forming Quail Coalition. The local chapter covers Walker and the surrounding counties.

The source of revenue for the scholarships comes from the organization’s banquet—the group’s primary fundraising activity—held each August.

In addition to providing funding the scholarships, the coalition holds shooting schools, works with habitat projects and promotes quail restoration.

 

 

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