The Smith County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl recently awarded a $500 scholarship to Winona High School senior Chris Allen.
Allen plans to attend Tyler Junior College this fall and major in the medical and/or agricultural fields, according to a news release.
An A-Honor Roll student, Allen received the Texas FFA Lone Star Degree, Texas FFA Chapter Degree and Greenhand Degree.
He was Winona FFA president, senior class president and football team captain, according to the news release.
His hobbies include FFA activities, hunting, fishing, raising animals, volunteering with his church youth group and spending time with friends.
Delta Waterfowl is committed to strengthening North America's waterfowl hunting culture through its mentored hunting program and public-policy and advocacy work, according to the local chapter.
The vision is to secure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting across North America, according to the chapter.
Delta Waterfowl's chapter and events system is unique in that local chapters can invest or direct the spending of 25 percent of event proceeds each year, according to a statement about the scholarship.
This Waterfowl Heritage Fund provides local chapters a greater role in Delta's mission.
Eligible projects include mentored youth hunts, youth water fowling training seminars and local nesting structure programs, among others.
Chapters also can choose to direct the Waterfowl Heritage Fund funds to current Delta research or program activities, according to the chapter.
With these funds, the Smith County Chapter has awarded an annual $500 scholarship to a local high school student each year, provided an annual youth hunter education course free of charge to more than 100 youth in the area, implemented a wood duck box program for area youth, and offered youth hunts in partnership with Delta's First Hunt Program, according to the chapter.