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Shimano announces scholarships for college bass anglers

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B.A.S.S. Elite pros, Brett Preuett and Jonathan VanDam, talk about their fishing careers to more than 200 high school and college anglers.
↑ The high school and college age anglers attending the special Shimano reception also had plenty of time to try out some new tackle.

The Japanese tackle giant, Shimano, announced at its special reception for high school and college bass anglers following Saturday’s weigh-in at the Bassmaster Classic in Houston, that it will award five $3,000 scholarships to select high school seniors planning to major in biology, fisheries, wildlife or natural resource fields.

“Our scholarship scheme is one of the keystones to our entire Varsity programme,” said Shimano Youth Fishing Director, Frank Hyla. “With Shimano staff at all levels, we want to form a mentor relationship and help these anglers pursue a college degree leading to a career creating better fisheries policy and management practices.”

Over the past 20 years, there has been a critical decline in professional natural resource managers who fish and hunt. “The future of the fishing industry is based on sustainable use and proper management of our public lands and waters,” added Phil Morlock, Vice President for Government Affairs/Advocacy at Shimano.

“We hope our scholarship programme helps recruits these students – who already enjoy fishing and understand the importance of conservation efforts through their involvement with B.A.S.S. – to pursue a college degree in natural resource professions.”

A specially selected panel, including Shimano’s Morlock, B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland and Chris Horton of the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation, will determine the scholarship winners.

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