Dear Counselors

The National Wild Turkey Federation has made a commitment to America's young people through its academic scholarship program. We are able to offer young people college scholarships at the local, state and national level through the generous support of our great grassroots volunteers and fine corporate sponsors.

Our J.A.K.E.S (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Program is dedicated to educating, informing and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. The NWTF J.A.K.E.S. Program offers educational outlets and fun activities to youth 17 and under through our national chapter system.

The NWTF is built on simple, basic principles, that includes respect for the flag, regard for religion and the importance of family and conservation. These principles are very important to the NWTF and supporting our children's education through this scholarship program is just one way the NWTF can ensure we have the dedicated conservationists needed for the future. Please review the enclosed eligibility requirements and help us reward deserving students.

Art Pelon
Michigan State Chapter

2017 NWTF Michigan State Scholarship Winners

The NWTF Michigan State Chapter would like to congratulate Dylan Bernson from the Bays de Noc Gobblers Chapter and Clay Jaskowski from the Beaver Creek Chapter on being awarded scholarships for 2017.   Dylan was the first place winner of $2500 and Clay will receive $1000. 

Selection Process

The selection process for local, state and national scholarships is as follows: Local chapters awarding scholarships need to have complete scholarship criteria and application information to schools by mid-September. Students, in turn, need to have their materials to local chapter officers by January 1. Local chapters will award scholarships by January 15, and forward winners to the state chapter president by February 1. By February 15, state officers will award state scholarships and by March 1, forward state winners to NWTF national headquarters, where the NWTF selection committee will select the national winner by mid-April.

If your local chapter is unable to pick a recipient for a local scholarship winner until later in the spring, your chapter can still award scholarships past the deadlines. Nonetheless, local scholarship winners chosen after the deadlines will qualify for neither the state nor national award.

Application Materials for Chapters

Downloadable scholarship application materials are available at If you cannot download a form save it to your computer. Please remember to fill out the section on the back of the scholarship application for the name and address of the local chapter officer that the scholarship application should be returned to, before delivering the application to schools. The judging form can be found at A flyer for chapters to use to promote the program can be found at The applicant flyer can be found at

For More Information

For more information on the scholarship program, contact the Museum and Education Manager, Charner Boney, at the Wild Turkey Center by calling 1-800-THE-NWTF or e-mail him at