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Shimano honours American students with a future in nature conservation

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Cantley Krafft (left) is notified of his scholarship by B.A.S.S. Conservation Director, Gene Gilliland.

Shimano this week announced the winners of the 2018 Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation Scholarship Programme, each of which receives a $3,000 award.

A key initiative in the Shimano Varsity scheme promoting conservation, the scholarships help recruit fishing students who support conservation through their involvement with B.A.S.S. to pursue a college degree in natural resource professions.

Shimano’s Phil Morlock said: “As a leader in the sportfishing business, we join our friends at B.A.S.S. in addressing the critical decline in professional natural resource managers who fish, all in the hope that the future of the recreational fishing industry is based on sustainable use and proper management of our public lands and waters.”

The winners were selected by an expert panel in fisheries conservation including Morlock, B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland and Chris Horton of the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation.

The award was especially timely for Virginia Tech junior Cantley Krafft from Radford, Virginia, who heard the news of his scholarship while competing in the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship.

The other winners were Charly Hope Crosby, from Rock Hill, South Carolina, studying at Clemson University; Hunter Hatcher, Spotsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi State University; Kevin Lambert, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri University; Peter Leonard, Russellville, Arkansas, Arkansas State University; Summer Lindelien, Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida; Stephen Stang, Bluemont, Virginia, Virginia Tech; and Riley Kilpatrick, Athens, Alabama, University of South Alabama.

More information on the Shimano Varsity programme can be found at http://varsity.shimano.com

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