On a recent visit to the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters while chaperoning his local 4H group, Riley Nordin of Saluda, South Carolina, was surprised to learn he won the 2016 NWTF National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
In front of the Saluda 4H group, NWTF headquarters staff and local media, Nordin received a check for $10,000, something he says will help fund his education when he enrolls at Clemson University this fall.
“I am truly thankful. $10,000 is a lot of money, and it will be helpful, especially with the long-term education goals I have,” Nordin said.
He plans to pursue a degree in genetics with a focus on plant sciences. “The sciences are something that I always have enjoyed,” Nordin said. “And as I have gotten older, I realized it is what I want to do for a living. It won’t really seem like work because I love it so much.”
Nordin recently graduated near the top of his high school class despite a rigorous academic course load and a schedule packed with extracurricular activities. His impressive résumé includes:
- Boy Scouts of America
- National BETA Club
- National FFA
- Saluda County 4-H
- Saluda County Garden Club volunteer
- NWTF Youth Art Contest participant
He received a scholarship through the local and state-level NWTF chapters, making him eligible for the national honor. To date, the NWTF has contributed more than $4.6 million in scholarships to students making up the next generation of hunters and conservationists.
“Individuals like Riley are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”