The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University is accepting applications for the Scenic Homes “Dr. Richard M. Kaminski” scholarship in waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

The $8,000 scholarship is annually renewable and available to high school seniors and undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in waterfowl and wetlands science and conservation at MSU.

“Ducks Unlimited has hired several Mississippi State graduates who earned bachelors and advanced degrees in the wildlife and fisheries program,” said Curtis Hopkins, MSU alumni and DU director of conservation programs. “This scholarship will attract quality students to the waterfowl program at Mississippi State, and help produce knowledgeable professionals who will guide future waterfowl and wetlands conservation efforts.”

High school seniors with an ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1,090 are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must be, or plan to be, full-time students enrolled in the bachelor of science degree and wildlife and fisheries science option of the College of Forest Resources at MSU.

Current students with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply and undergraduate students from other universities interested in transferring to MSU may also apply.

For more information, students should visit the MSU College of Forest Resources Web site ( http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/) and click on the link for “Waterfowl Scholarship Information.”

Interested and qualified students can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume indicating a desire to compete for the scholarship. Applicants should specify whether they desire to compete for a scholarship beginning in the fall or spring semester.

In addition, applicants must submit an essay explaining their reason for applying, need for the scholarship, short- and long-term professional and personal goals and any other pertinent information. Essays should not exceed three pages, double-spaced.

Send applications to: Bruce D. Leopold, Head; Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Mississippi State University; Box 9690; Mississippi State, MS 39762. Leopold can be e-mailed at bleopold@cfr.msstate.edu and faxed at (662) 325-8726.