Chambers Scholarship Moves to CFM
CFM is proud to announce it is assuming stewardship of the Chambers Family Memorial Scholarship. Originally named the James D. Chambers Memorial Scholarship, this fund was established in 1994 following the untimely passing of Jim Chambers, the son of avid conservationist and CFM Past-President Glenn Chambers. The scholarship was previously managed by the Missouri Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Historically, the scholarship has been awarded to a graduate or senior undergraduate student majoring in wildlife or natural resources conservation at a Missouri college or university, and is meant to recognize excellence in academics, leadership, and conservation. Since its inception, there have been 20 recipients. The very first in 1997, was CFM member Elsa Gallagher, who now works for Pheasants Forever, Inc. as the Conservation Leadership Program Manager. The most recent winner was MU student Molly Garrett who plans on working toward a Ph.D. in conservation genetics.
Early in 2017, Glenn and Jeannie Chambers asked CFM members Dan Zekor and DeeCee Darrow to be the scholarship coordinators going forward after Glenn’s death.
“A big part of our discussion with Glenn and Jeannie was how to keep the legacy of the scholarship intact,” Dan Zekor said. “So now we are working to grow the endowment. Glenn liked the idea of increasing the award from $500 to $1,000, and we’ve raised enough money last month to cover the 2018 award increase.”
CFM is working closely with the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation on an exciting opportunity to help accomplish the long-term goal of offering two scholarships, an undergraduate and graduate award. CFM needs to raise $10,000 to make this happen. We will formally announce this fundraising effort very soon.
Last July, Glenn lost his courageous battle with cancer. Glenn was a nationally recognized conservationist and was honored in many ways over the course of his lifetime. Among his many honors is the William T. Hornady Gold Medal from the Boy Scouts of America – a rare lifetime achievement award given to a very small number of people historically, including Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold. Glenn was also a recipient of the Ducks Unlimited Distinguished Service Award and the Master Conservationist Award by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
After Glenn’s death, the name of the scholarship was changed to the Chambers Family Memorial Scholarship as a way to honor both father and son.
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Donations are being accepted through the CFM website.