As a living memorial for two people who loved New York State and the outdoors, this fund assists students training in the field of wild life management. Paul and Janice were avid sports persons who wrote and lectured about the outdoors and founded and published the nationally recognized and respected New York Sportsman Magazine.
A great loss to all those who appreciate the wonder of nature, Janice passed away suddenly in 1988 and Paul in July of 2005. They are greatly missed.
According to Scholarship Fund President Dave Hamilton, “These annual scholarship awards are available to any New York State resident who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning and is, or will be, working toward obtaining a degree in some facet of wildlife management.” The twenty second series of Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Awards will be distributed in February of 2014. To date, the fund has had the honor of distributing more than $29,000 in grants to deserving Wildlife Management students.
2013 Scholarship Winner: Cierra Gorman - Canastota, NY
Cierra is a freshman at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is majoring in sustainable energy management and believes that wildlife management is a large part of that field of study. She has always striven for academic excellence and devotes a good portion of her time to volunteer work in the outdoor field. She proudly states, " I am the secretary for the Great Outdoors Club and also part of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsman." She is also an avid hunter and loves to fish.
Any qualified individual interested in applying for these Scholarships may do so by sending a request for an application form, along with a stamped, self addressed legal sized (#10) envelope to:
The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund
C/o Bridget Keesler (sec/treas)
P.O. Box 485
Newport, NY 13416
An application may also be obtained by clicking here. The completed application form must be returned to the committee no later than September 1, 2014.
Individuals or clubs wishing to make a contribution to the fund may do so by sending their donation to the same address, with the sincere gratitude of the Scholarship Committee! In December of this year and continuing on an annual basis, a wonderful couple who cared deeply about our state’s outdoor sports will be remembered in a meaningful way, thanks to the generosity of those same outdoor sportsmen.