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WTC Announces Mike Bowlin Memorial Wildlife Conservation Scholarship

05/24/18, 08:22:20 AM

SNYDER—Western Texas College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mike Bowlin Memorial Wildlife Conservation Scholarship.

“We decided it would be a good thing,” said J.B. Barrett, Bowlin’s stepbrother.

Presentation of the check for Mike Bowlin Memorial Wildlife Conservation Scholarship (l-r): Ashlee Bowlin, daughter; Dr. Barb Beebe, WTC College President; J.B. Barrett, stepbrother; Gene Bowlin, father; Nancy Bowlin, stepmother; Derek Vaughn, son-in-law; and Amber Bowlin Vaughn, daughter.

Bowlin was a 1985 graduate of Snyder High School and attended Western Texas College from the spring of 1986 to the spring of 1988. He made his living guiding exotic hunts in the Hill Country.

The endowed Scholarship named in Bowlin’s honor requires the recipient to be a full-time student at Western Texas College and maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. In addition, applicants must submit a photo of themselves hunting and a photo of themselves fishing along with an essay about what wildlife conservation means to them. Applicants get bonus points for including a funny story.

“The photos we ask for are an homage to Mike,” added Barrett. “And something funny always happens when you are hunting or fishing.”

Because the principal of the scholarship fund is never spent, this endowed scholarship will provide an on-going source of financial assistance to WTC students. It also creates a lasting legacy for Mr. Bowlin, honoring his memory while creating ongoing opportunities for future students.

Gifts to scholarships are placed in a permanent fund and invested. Only the interest income, when accrued, is available for scholarship awards.

For more information about establishing or applying for scholarships at WTC, contact the Western Texas College Foundation at 325-573-8511 or navigate to wtcalumni.com.