A Neosho High School senior received some good news on Saturday, as he was a recipient of a $250 scholarship to help with college expenses.
Zachary Aldrich received the scholarship from the Indian Creek Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) at their annual banquet on Saturday at the Lampo Center, in Neosho.
"I am very pleased (to receive the scholarship)," Aldrich said. "I thank the NWTF for giving it to me and I am going to use it for my college education."
His plans are to attend Crowder College and possibly go to Springfield after that.
As far as what field of study he is going to go into, Aldrich said, either conservation or agronomy.
"I have grown up in agriculture and a couple of years ago, I was a national agronomy champion. I really enjoy agronomy," he said. "I have been hunting all of my life and I really enjoy conservation."
Presenting the check was Tim Besancenez, Missouri senior regional director with NWTF.
"We do a local scholarship for every chapter nationwide," said Besancenez. "As long as they graduate to further their education. We have given more than $4 million so far nationwide in scholarships. Around $30,000 in Missouri each year."
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization that, along with its volunteers, partners and sponsors, has worked for the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage. When the NWTF was established in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds.
Aldrich is grateful for what the NWTF does on conservation and other aspects.
"I think that it is great, we have had turkeys on our property that didn't use to be there," he said. "The NWTF has been doing quite a bit of bringing them into Newton and McDonald counties."