The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation signed a long-term memorandum of understanding with the College of the Ozarks to help students studying conservation and wildlife management obtain the support and funding needed to complete a four-year education, according to a news release from Craig Alderman of QUWF.

“We must invest in those who are to carry on the legacy, passion and lifestyle of our conservation, wildlife and clean streams,” Alderman said. “Furthermore, those educational institutions that respect our country’s history and rich heritage have to be lifted up and strengthened. C of O is rated No. 1 in small Christian colleges in the U.S., and what is most unique, and exceptional, students work their way through college with no fees and no debt when they graduate. C of O accepts no state or federal funding. C of O relies on donations to cover all costs of the college, including all tuitions and expenses for the students.

“Known as Hard Work University, C of O students further learn about our country, its patriotism, the pride of our flag and what it means to respect those who earned our freedom,” Alderman said. “As a veteran in today’s world this is a college we want to support, and I give heartfelt thanks. The beauty is, as a company, our chapters, individual members and sponsors can join with us to provide scholarships and endowments for generations to come; we invite them to contact us and help provide conservation for future generations. Children of veterans and all others will be eligible for the QUWF — C of O support.”

Students with the most financial need are given the highest priority, though the college is open to all students across the country to apply.

“We are very excited about the support of QUWF for our students and for the basic principles we employ to create great citizens, dedicated conservationists and wildlife managers through the staff and facilities at C of O,” said Natalie Rasnick, C of O dean of development. “Without this type of support, our college could not be the best it is. We also look forward to the integration of internships where possible, assistance in educational support with current conservation and wildlife knowledge and research with QUWF.”

QUWF, based in Buffalo, is the only veteran-founded and -managed national conservation organization in the U.S., and the only multi-species and clean stream national organization based in Missouri. To join QUWF, get involved locally with upland wildlife and habitat restoration or clean streams and support preservation of conservation with C of O or the new youth fishing teams, go to quwf.net.

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