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OWAA to award college scholarships

MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), The Voice of the Outdoors, will award scholarships in 2010 to budding outdoor communicators.

Bodie McDowell scholarship awards are usually given annually. Scholarships can range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Applicants must be students of outdoor communications fields including print, photography, film, art or broadcasting.

The Bodie McDowell scholarship program is open to all college students, undergraduate and graduate, from all disciplines and all schools. Undergraduate applicants must be entering junior or senior years of study; graduate student applicants must have at least one remaining year of study.

Applicants should have career goals in outdoor communications, provide samples of work, and letters of recommendation. Academic achievement is considered but is not among the top three selection criteria.

OWAA’s Education Committee judges and ranks applicants and typically announces winners by June 1. Checks will be issued to successful recipients by August 10, 2010, before commencement of fall semester.

If you know a student with an outdoor emphasis who might benefit from a Bodie McDowell Scholarship, ask him or her to apply.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2010. Get the complete details and the application form.

The Bodie McDowell Scholarship is named after longtime OWAA member Bodie McDowell, an OWAA past president and recipient of OWAA’s prestigious Ham Brown Award, an award recognizing members for devoted past service to the organization. McDowell is a longtime advocate and fundraiser for the scholarship program.

Since its inception in 1927, OWAA has become the largest and oldest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. OWAA’s mission is to improve the professional skills of its members, set the highest ethical and communications standards, encourage public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources and mentor the next generation of professional outdoor communicators. The national headquarters is located in Missoula, Mont.

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