The Douglas County Fish and Game League awarded two scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing careers in environmental fields.
The $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Grace VanderMeiden and Luke Gregerson.
VanderMeiden plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Superior to major in biology.
“I have always loved learning about nature and how things work together in an ecosystem,” VanderMeiden said. She said her mother also earned a biology degree at UWS and worked in environmental research for the Environmental Protection Agency, and she would like to do something similar.
Gregerson plans to attend the UW-Stevens Point for its conservation officer program. His goal is to become a Department of Natural Resources officer.
Elected the youngest field captain of the Hawthorne Trap Club, Gregerson said that experience taught him the importance of giving back, leadership and dedication.
“It felt good giving back to my friends and community members by doing this,” Gregerson said.
The Douglas County Fish and Game League provides the annual scholarship for tuition or other educational expenses for students seeking careers in the fields of conservation, forestry, wildlife or soil management, fisheries, taxidermy, conservation officer or other related fields.
The seniors selected have shown they are dedicated to league goals to preserve hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation, said Mark Bergren of the league.