New York Student Wins NRA Women's Scholarship Award
The National Rifle Association has announced the selection of Anna Magdalene Butler of East Amherst, New York as the winner of the 2013 Women’s Wildlife Management Conservation Scholarship. The scholarship, established by the Women’s Policies Committee of the NRA, is administered by The NRA Foundation.
It is a one-year renewable $1,000 award that is available to women who are full-time college juniors or seniors majoring in wildlife management and conservation, and who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Butler is currently a student at the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse and is working towards a degree in Wildlife Science. She has volunteered at Buffalo’s Tifft Nature Preserve, the DEC’s Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, the Syracuse Museum of Science & Technology, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, and with various Catholic ministries, including a mission trip to Nicaragua.
Some of Butler’s other accomplishments include receiving: the Presidential Scholars Award; the Girl Scout Gold Award; and the Girl Scouts of Western New York Education Scholarship in 2010. She is involved in the campus chapter of The Wildlife Society, Syracuse University Outing Club, Campus Ministry and the Alpha Xi Sigma Honor Society.
Asked about her future plans, Anna said, “When I graduate, I’d like to travel and discover exactly what sort of wildlife I’d like to study and manage. Since wildlife is ruled by the seasons, I should be able to obtain seasonal positions in various locations for a few years.”
“I’m looking forward to the time after graduation – this is an exciting point in my life,” she continued. “I enjoy being outdoors and sharing my passion for the environment. I know that my future holds opportunities for me to do these things, and I hope that I can discover the right opportunities.”
Butler is the daughter of Lee and Marguerite Butler of East Amherst.