If you’re reading this right now and you’re in college, you’re probably either skipping class (in which case, you should be out fishing) or you’re in class but ignoring your prof’s lecture while you surreptitiously read F&S on your laptop, tablet or phone. Either way, stop being a slacker and instead put that unhealthy interest in hunting and fishing to good use. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is looking for aspiring scribes for its annual college scholarship program.

From an OWAA press release:
The application deadline is approaching for the 2013 Bodie McDowell scholarship offered by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The postmark deadline is March 1, 2013. Scholarships are for the 2013-14 academic year. Established in 1966, more than $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2002. Approximately $22,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 2013. _Each scholarship also includes a one-year student membership with OWAA. The Bodie McDowell scholarship program is open to undergraduate and graduate-level college students pursuing a degree in an outdoor communications field. Undergraduate applicants must be entering their junior or senior years of study; graduate student applicants must have at least one remaining year of study.

Benefits of OWAA Student membership include a one-year subscription to OWAA’s magazine, Outdoors Unlimited, access to member discounts and job listings, plus the chance to earn conference registration scholarships and more. Applications for the 2013 award are available online. For applications, deadlines and additional information about the Bodie McDowell scholarship and other awards available through OWAA, visit For questions/comments or to request information for a student you know, call OWAA at 406-728-7434 or email Application deadline is March 1, 2013.
So if you think you have what it takes to be the next David Petzal, then give it a shot.