The 2020 scholarship is offered in memorial to the late Jeannine Kuhl, whose work with Kuhl Corporation has been an essential part of the gamebird industry.

The purpose of this scholarship is to increase awareness,and support career opportunities in the gamebird industry(defined asthe raising of pheasants, chukar, quail, Hungarian partridge and other upland gamebirds).Consideration may also includeapplicants with an interest in strongly related fields likeupland gamebird hunting clubs, veterinary science or veterinary research programs.

This is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship, awarded in increments over two years. The total amount will be paid in $750 increments each of the first two semesters the first year and $500 each semester the second year. Continuous enrollment in an acceptable program must be maintained, or graduation status attained to be eligible for this award. The award will be paid directly to the academic institution on behalf of the awardee. High school graduates that have been accepted to college, or current college students in an applicable area of study are eligible.

Funding for the scholarship is through private sponsorship by Elkhorn Farms & Hatchery, administered through the North American Gamebird Foundation (NAGF).

Criteria for Award:

  • Financial need, specifically total costs, and additional scholarships sought and received.
  • Academic achievement, shown by grade point average, test scores, etc. While applicants gifted in hands-on practical and physical skills may not always test highly in academics, a passing grade point average is required. Two letters of recommendation from past or current academic instructors must be provided.
  • Evidence of community involvement and leadership skills will be awarded in evaluating applications. Extracurricular and community activities show a well-rounded individual who has the skills to lead others.
  • Work history and/or previous achievements in gamebird related fields or similar agricultural work. Being already involved shows a serious intent to continue in the field.
  • Applicants must submit an essay indicating the value of this scholarship, future goals and plans. Communication skills in the form of writing is a way to communicate a message with a larger audience. This essay may be adapted for use in the North American Gamebird Association publication, NAGA News.
  • While membership in the NAGA is not required, preference will be granted to those showing an interest in the trade association of the gamebird industry.

Application Procedures:

  • Entries must be receivedby April 15, 2020.
  • Allelements of these guidelines must be addressed in the application to be considered for processing.
  • The staff of Elkhorn Farms & Hatchery will narrow the field of applicants to no more than 10 applicants, based on the criteria listed above.
  • The scholarship committee of the NAGF will select the finalist by May 15, 2020. The finalist will be contacted via phone and letter from the NAGF.
  • Results from the scholarship will be announced on the NAGA website, published in NAGA News and distributed through outdoor sports news outlets.


The results of the scholarship will be announced on the NAGA website, published in the November/December issue of the NAGA News and distributed through outdoor sports news outlets.

Gamebird Industry Scholarship

  • Complete this application in full. Incomplete applications will be discarded. Neatness and thoroughness count toward the overall application.
  • Drop files here or
    Provide recommendations from at least two, and not more than five, non-family members from the community, education and work areas of your life. (teachers, advisors, employers, etc.)
  • Submit a 500-word minimum essay on your past involvement in the gamebird industry, future goals and plans, and the relatedness of your chosen academic field to the gamebird industry.
  • Drop files here or
    Indicate whether or not you are a current member of the North American Gamebird Association. Membership, while not required, shows an interest in the field.


Please label each section of the application with the outline above. Sign or label each page of the application with the applicant’s name to prevent misidentification of application pages if separated.

Applications must be received by midnight on April 15, 2020. Late entries will be discarded. Please either fill out the website form above, OR send in your application to the NAGF, either in print form via mail to 5195 Hampsted Village Center, PMB 242, New Albany, OH 43054-8331 OR electronically as a single PDF file, to clearly marked as “Gamebird Scholarship”.

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