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Racheal Smith wins two wildlife scholarships

CHECK IT OUT — Racheal Smith of Collins was awarded two scholarships, by the Springville Strutters and the New York State National Wild Turkey Federation. Pictured, from left: Jim Gamel, Smith and Rich Gerlach.
COLLINS — Racheal Smith of Collins recently received two scholarships, totaling $1,250, from the Springville Strutters and the New York State National Wild Turkey Federation.

NWTF scholarships are given to young people who have expressed a commitment to conservation and preserving the hunting tradition. The scholarship program is part of a NWTF program that makes $500,000 available to graduating seniors, throughout the United States, by awarding more than 800 scholarships annually. The foundation has awarded more than $3.6 million, through its scholarship program.

Applicants must be licensed hunters. They are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, community involvement and commitment to conservation. The local chapter winners are then eligible for the $1,000 state award. State winners are eligible for the NWTF’s $10,000 national scholarship.

“The NWTF is proud to provide scholarships for students who have proven their dedication to conservation and acted as leaders, in their schools and communities,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton. “Racheal is sure to serve the NWTF and her generation, as an excellent spokesperson for our sport in the academic field she pursues.”

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973.

For more information, contact Rich Gerlach by calling 857-0586 or visit

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