Ryan Trainor, a student in the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program at the Southern Adirondack Education Center was presented with a $500 scholarship from the Upper Hudson River Valley Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) on March 9 at the Elks Club.
Ryan wrote the winning essay about what he would do with the scholarship money and how it would benefit the mission of the Quality Deer Management Association. The Fort Edward High School senior plans to attend SUNY Adirondack in the fall and then transfer to the Environmental Science and Forestry College in Syracuse where he hopes to major in biology or forestry with the goal of becoming a Forest Ranger with a vested interest in the deer population. The scholarship money will be used to purchase his books for college.
The QDMA promotes sustainable, high quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through education, research, and management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource professionals, and the public.