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To educate and inform the general public about hunting ethics, fair chase, and values; to perpetuate the sport of the hunt through efforts to conserve habitat and wildlife; and to stimulate the recruitment, mentoring, and involvement of youth in hunting and conservation activities.

The Phil Tawney Hunters Endowment honors the memory and perpetuates the legacy of the late Phil Tawney, lifetime sportsman and conservation leader. Phil’s passion and commitment to protecting Montana’s fish and wildlife and their vulnerable habitats began and grew as he chased waterfowl in the Bitterroot Valley and elk in the Great Burn and Cinnabar Basin, and cast his fly in the blue ribbon waters of the Big Hole River and Rock Creek.

Phil understood the complexities involved with keeping these and other resources healthy and, with each outing, rededicated his own conservation efforts. In keeping with the spirit of Phil’s legacy, the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment offers $1,000 scholarships to students at accredited colleges or universities in Montana who exhibit a similar commitment to our outdoor heritage.

2016 Tawney Scholarship Application