If you know a youngster age 8 to 14 with a passion for fishing and a flair for storytelling, Hooked On Fishing International (HOFI) has a contest for them. The winners will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond and other prizes.
HOFI, based in Tulsa, Okla., is the nation's largest producer of youth fishing events. It set up the Kids All-American Fishing Team Scholarship Program to reward exemplary young anglers. Winners will be selected based on how well they articulate their passion for fishing and how well they represent today's youth as models for all Americans. Fishing ability is not a factor.
To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in public, private or home school and have signed permission from their parents or legal guardians. The application process involves listing extracurricular activities and writing an essay of up to 250 words about their best fishing trip ever.
Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 12. HOFI will announce winners in October. Every applicant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, visit http://www.kids-fishing.com/, and click on "KAAF Program."