West Virginia Universitys Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences will continue awarding scholarships to outstanding wildlife and fisheries resources students with another generous $25,000 contribution to the SCIF Sables C.J. McElroy Hunting Heritage Scholarship Fund.

The donation was made by the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) Sables.

“Continued funding of the C.J. McElroy scholarship by the Sables provides our wildlife undergraduates scholarship opportunities that would not normally be available to them without this generous contribution,said Joseph McNeel, director of the Division of Forestry in the WVU Davis College.

The Sables have been strong supporters of the wildlife program over the last two years and, based on their continued contributions, remain committed to our wildlife education program,McNeel said.We truly appreciate their continued contributions.”

The SCIF Sables C.J. McElroy Hunting Heritage Scholarship was established in 2004 within the wildlife and fisheries resources program in the Davis College Division of Forestry. The first scholarship was awarded to Nicole Thiele, wildlife and fisheries resources major from Boswell, Pa., who received a $1,000 scholarship for the current academic year.

The SCIF Sables Scholarship is given to one female undergraduate of junior or senior standing in the field of wildlife management or wildlife sciences. The recipient must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must take at least one class that incorporates a positive hunting message as part of its curriculum.

Applications are available starting in January from the Division of Forestrys Directors Office (322 Percival Hall). Deadline is March 1.

In 1965, C.J. McElroy founded Safari Club International. Over the next 30 years, McElroy launched SCI Chapters and educational hunting programs worldwide.

In 1977, McElroy established the first American Wilderness Leadership School for teachers. The schools curriculum, along with SCI Chapter workshops, have helped countless outdoor enthusiasts gain a better understanding of the role hunting plays in wildlife conservation.

SCIF Sables, founded in 1984 by the women of SCI , is committed to promoting the appreciation of outdoor heritage. Sablesmembers volunteer their time to raise funds to promote the positive role of hunting, through the creation and support of wildlife and conservation educational programs. To learn more about this organization, visit their Web site at http://www.safariclubfoundation.org/sables .

McElroy passed away in March 2002, leaving behind a legacy of knowledge and respect for the sport of hunting and its benefits to society. Through his estate, McElroy donated $25,800 to the Sables division of Safari Club International to be developed and offered as scholarships to wildlife management students at a university that promotes wildlife education. WVU was chosen as the recipient of McElroys donation and is honored to offer this scholarship in his name.

The scholarship was set up through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU .

For more information, contact the WVU Division of Forestry at 304-293-2941.