A unique college program focused on hunting and fishing keeps getting bigger at the University of Montevallo, a Sullivan Foundation partner school.

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program will see its highest-ever enrollment this fall, nearly doubling in size thanks to a large incoming class this fall. The program will welcome 40 new students, bringing its total enrollment to 83 students, the university announced. The program includes students from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin.

“We have doubled the size of the freshman class and the overall enrollment of the outdoor scholars program this year,” said Outdoor Scholars Program Director William Crawford. “It’s amazing to see the passion all these young people have for the outdoors.”

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program was created by UM President John W. Stewart III in 2015 and offers a unique destination for students who have a passion for stewardship and wildlife conservation. The program puts an emphasis on experiential learning for students, allowing them to get hands-on experience in outdoor careers.

Unique to Alabama, the program provides an opportunity to earn a college degree while also taking an active role in preserving Alabama’s natural resources. It serves to provide scholarships for non-traditional and first-generation college students.

The program includes conservation and game management; monthly on-campus meetings, lectures and activities related to hunting and fishing techniques and strategies; exploration of careers in outdoor sports and related fields; coursework on outdoors and the environment; preparation of fish and wild game for the table; and academic lectures related to sporting and outdoor life.

To learn more about Montevallo’s Outdoor Scholars Program, visit outdoorscholars.montevallo.edu/.

This article has been edited from the original version appearing on the University of Montevallo website.

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