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Outdoor Writing Scholarship Deadline is March 1

The outdoor writing world needs new recruits, and an outdoor writing scholarship is just the thing.

The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) is accepting applications for the Bodie McDowell Scholarship. The formal entries need to be postmarked by March 1, 2014.

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The OWAA seeks applicants for their $1,000-$5,000 scholarships awarded to students aiming for a career in outdoor communications, and consider examples of work and recommendation letters from mentors or teachers.

The scholarship program is open to all students regardless of their school, but undergraduates must be in their junior or senior year. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

Recipients are paid at the end of their fall semester, and also receive a one-year student membership to the OWAA.

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Bodie McDowell was an outdoor writer for the Greensboro News & Record in South Carolina, and was so well-respected that a hybrid bass was named after him by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Now his namesake sits on the scholarship awarded to those student who follow in his footsteps and vow to provide useful and objective writing about the wonders, controversies and triumphs of the natural world.

While it's true that a certain level of quality and authority is expected when it comes to outdoor writing, a constantly-changing audience and acceptance flows through the passionate topic of wildlife, nature and conservation. By supporting a new round of young, educated and knowledgeable outdoor writers, the OWAA is setting the future of outdoor writing on the right track.

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Outdoor Writing Scholarship Deadline is March 1