SRTC student receives Red Hills Quail Forever scholarship

Published 11:40 am Friday, October 6, 2023

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Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Land, Forest, Wildlife Management (LFW) student Keilee Phillippi recently became the inaugural recipient of the Red Hills Quail Forever Scholarship. Red Hills Quail Forever Chapter 3173 serves the North Florida and South Georgia area. The chapter is a member of the national Quail Forever organization, which, combined with its sister organization Pheasants Forever, incudes 800 chapters nationwide.

Quail Forever’s mission is to conserve quail, pheasants, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public access, education, and conservation advocacy. The chapter hosts hunts, snake aversion training, and educational events for new hunters, habitat management workshops, and fundraisers.  As a part of their outreach program, the Red Hills Quail Forever chapter offered $500 scholarships for LFW students during the fall and spring semesters at SRTC.

In her scholarship essay, Phillippi said in part, “I’ve always had a deep desire for being active in the outside world and improving the surroundings in which animals live. I knew that a Land, Forest, Wildlife Management degree would be the perfect fit for me as soon as I learned about it. Having completed more than half of my LFW degree, this is now a way of life. I LOVE what I have been studying and cannot wait to see what each upcoming semester holds. In the past year that I have been at Southern Regional, I have learned a tremendous amount. It has significantly improved my quality of life, and I am eager to put all that I have learned to use.”

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“Quail conservation has been important to the faculty and students of this program for quite some time,” said LFW Program Chair Dr. Jeremy Green. “Here on our own campuses, our students have worked hard to cultivate and maintain a habitat that is welcoming to quail and other wildlife native to the Red Hills area. This new partnership with Red Hills Quail Forever is meaningful because it will provide students with the financial support needed to continue along their path of becoming great stewards of land, forest, and wildlife management.”

The Foundation’s first priority is to provide support that enhances student learning. While the SRTC Foundation will manage the scholarship, Red Hills Quail Forever Chapter 3173 representatives will be instrumental in the scholarship recipient selection process. SRTC’s Director of Institutional Advancement Christina Reneau said, “We are truly grateful to Red Hills Quail Forever for their donation to student scholarships at Southern Regional Technical College. Their support shows an appreciation for the great work of the Land, Forest, Wildlife Management program. With this contribution, the members of Red Hills Quail Forever are helping to support the future of conservation in South Georgia and North Florida.”

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