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The Lake News Online
  • Master Naturalists offers scholarships for those pursuing natural resources careers

  • Lake of the Ozarks Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalist is pleased to announce a scholarship program for the 2014-15 school year.
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  • Lake of the Ozarks Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalist is pleased to announce a scholarship program for the 2014-15 school year.
    This grant is available to a prospective or existing college student who graduated from high school in Camden, Miller, or Morgan County, or to a student who currently resides in one of these counties. He or she must be pursuing (or plan to pursue) a career in a conservation or natural resources field.
    This might include majors in forestry, wildlife management, biology, fisheries, parks and recreation, or natural resources.
    "We are looking for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in helping to preserve and protect our valuable natural resources in Missouri and ideally here at the Lake of the Ozarks," says chapter president, Don Koeninger,
    The scholarship will be for the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15. It will be in the amount of $750 per semester or a total of $1,500 for the school year. Funds may be used to cover books, tuition or fees and will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient.
    For scholarship applications go to the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist website at http://lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com.
    Further questions and completed applications may be directed to Jodi Moulder at the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Camdenton. Phone: (573) 346-2210 x 233 or E-Mail: jodi.moulder@mdc.mo.gov. Applications must be received by July 15. Recipients will be notified of acceptance in early August.
    "We know there are many qualified students who are seeking financial help to complete their studies in a conservation related field. This scholarship is an attempt to help them reach their educational potential and to make a significant contribution to preserve the natural beauty and quality of life in our area," says Moulder.
    Members of the Missouri Master Naturalist, Lake of the Ozarks Chapter share a common interest in nature and in volunteering to help protect, preserve, and restore Missouri's natural heritage.
    This active group is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension and volunteers for many area projects. Some of these include: Eagle Days, a Conservation Kids’ Club, and local Stream Team monitoring.
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