Holly Martin of Salem and Derek Winter of Viola are two of 118 students who have received college scholarships from funds generated by the sale of conservation license plates produced by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Martin is studying environmental science at Arkansas State University.
The conservation scholarship program of the AGFC is in its sixth year. The colorful 2006 license plates feature an Ivory-billed woodpecker. The plates cost $35 a year in addition to regular license fees. Of the fee, $25 goes to the AGFC conservation education fund and $10 to the Department of Finance and Administration for handling.
Buyers have the option to keep their same plate with next year's renewal or to receive a new plate. The 2007 version will feature a bull elk for the eighth specialty plate.
Along with academic requirements, recipients of the scholarships are studying in fields connected with conservation.