HATTIESBURG - The
Mississippi Wild Turkey Federation aims to help high school seniors
planning to attend The University of Southern Mississippi by raising
scholarship money with a raffle at its annual banquet Feb. 5 at
the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center. A nonprofit organization
that promotes the sports of hunting and fishing in Mississippi,
the MWTF is currently selling tickets for a Ruger-12 gauge Red Label
over-and-under with a stainless steel receiver and barrel imprinted
with both the university and MWTF logos. Money generated by ticket
sales will go to this year's scholarship fund.
"The Mississippi Wild Turkey Federation is a
firm believer in higher education for our state's youth," said
Dean Bertram, a Southern Miss forensic science instructor and MWTF
member. To date, the MWTF has contributed $10,000 to the Southern
Miss scholarship fund, Bertram said.
Bob McKellar, chairman of the MWTF scholarship fund-raising
committee, said the scholarship will be awarded to "deserving
students who need financial aid to go to college."
"The decision is based on leadership qualities,
academics and recommendations from the school the student attends,"
McKellar said. Applications for the MWTF scholarship will be sent
to all schools in the Pine Belt area, McKellar said.
This year, the MWTF is holding its annual banquet
at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center because attendance has
grown steadily each year.
"We printed 600 tickets last year, when we held
our banquet at the Hattiesburg convention center. We're moving to
the multipurpose center and printing 800 tickets this year. Each
year we've grown; we started at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Center
downtown, moved to the Elk's Club, then the convention center and
now the multipurpose center," McKellar said.
For scholarship information, high school seniors should
pick up a packet in their guidance counselor's office at their school.
The gun is currently on display at Big Buck Sports in Hattiesburg.
It will be raffled at the banquet, which starts at 5:30 p.m.
Raffle tickets for the rifle are $10 and are available
at the following locations: Turner Bros. Taxidermy; Southern Miss
Alumni Association; Plum Trophy Sales in Sumrall; Gulf Coast Southern
Miss Development Office; Campus Book Mart; Terry's Pawn and Trade
in Sumrall; Big Buck Sports; and Leaf River Outdoors in Petal.
For more information, contact Dean Bertram at (601)