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National Wild Turkey Federation gift to fund endowed, annual scholarship

With a commitment of $25,000, the Greater Jackson Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently established the Boyd Burrow Greater Jackson Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation Endowed Scholarship. In 1990, a group of Jackson-area sportsmen concerned about the future of wild turkey in Mississippi formed the Greater Jackson Chapter. After becoming one of the state's best fund-raising conservation organizations, producing hundreds of thousands of dollars for state and national turkey research, the Greater Jackson Chapter, led by long-time member and passionate turkey hunter Boyd Burrow, sought ways to raise revenue for more instate projects. Thus was born the Wild Turkey Scramble golf tournament in 1994. Upon Burrow’s sudden death in 1996, the tournament was renamed the Boyd Burrow Memorial Wild Turkey Scramble, with the goal of using proceeds to establish a scholarship program. In 2004, after its most successful year, the Greater Jackson Chapter established the Boyd Burrow Greater Jackson Chapter NWTF Endowment Fund at Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources. Boyd Burrow Greater Jackson Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation scholars must be full-time students at MSU enrolled in the college. Students must be classified as sophomores, juniors or seniors and demonstrate acceptable academic achievement and show promise of an outstanding career in forestry, wildlife and fisheries, or forest products. The Greater Jackson Chapter of the NWTF also established the Boyd Burrow Greater Jackson Chapter NWTF Annual Scholarship which will be awarded until the endowed scholarship is fully funded and can be awarded. The NWTF is a 525,000-member, grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada and 11 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands, as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.



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