South Texas Quail Coalition Supports Students with Scholarship Funding
KINGSVILLE - March 01, 2012
Representatives from the South Texas Quail Coalition donated $70,000 to Texas A&M University-Kingsville this week, bringing the group’s total support of the university to more than $400,000 over the last decade.
Much of that total goes toward scholarships for students who are pursuing advanced degrees in wildlife sciences. Part of the graduate students’ learning experience includes research opportunities through the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI), a unit within the university’s Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.
Dr. Fred Bryant, executive director of CKWRI, said about half of the cumulative donation supports graduate scholarships and the other half is used to support quail research. The South Texas Quail Project focuses on bobwhite quail populations in the Kingsville area, and Bryant said support from the South Texas Quail Coalition also has made possible a new project in the western areas of South Texas that focuses on scaled quail, also called blue quail. Bill Rauch, the director of the South Texas Quail Coalition, was proud to be a part of this effort. “Our supporters all believe in the work of the Institute and we are happy to help.”
“Support from the South Texas Quail Coalition is so important to our quail research program and to our graduate students,” Bryant said. “Sustaining our wildlife resources is critical to the vitality of our economy and environment. This type of support not only ensures that we can continue educating the next generation of wildlife biologists but also that they have the best tools and opportunities available to help us understand how quail live and thrive in our desert environment.”
(Featured in photo, L-R: Fidel Hernandez, associate professor, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Leonard A. Brennan III, professor, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Dr. Steven Tallant, Texas A&M-Kingsville president; Ronnie Howard, director, South Texas Quail Coalition; Bill Rauch, director, South Texas Quail Coalition; and George A. Rasmussen, dean, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville)
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