Missouri Conservation Agents Association
2013 Scholarship Recipients
Jacob Michael Plunkett
Jacob is a 2013 graduate of Puxico High School graduating with Highest Honors. He was very active in the Puxico High School Chapter of Future Farmers of America and he held the offices of Chapter President and Missouri State District 16 Chaplain. He was a member of the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Science Club, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America. He was a member of the Puxico High School Basketball Team for 4 years and was Team Captain during his senior year. He was selected to the 2012 All-District and All-Conference basketball teams. He received the Ethics Award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association in 2012. Jacob is a MONASP Instructor and served as a Lane Official at the NASP World Championship in St. Louis in 2013. He is also a Missouri Hunter Education Instructor. Jacob has volunteered and assisted at numerous special events including Discover Nature-Women rabbit and duck hunts, NWTF JAKES and Women in the Outdoors events, youth fish gigging clinics, and the Wappapello Lake Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt. Jacob is currently attending Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing a degree in Wildlife Conservation.
The MCAA Scholarship was started in 1997 to offer assistance to students in Missouri pursuing degrees in natural resources. Originally a $1000.00 to one student, but in 1999 the decision was made by the board of directors to make two $500.00 annual scholarships. Colby Jones a senior at Kirksville High School in Kirksville MO was selected as one recipient of the MCAA Scholarship for 2013. Colby is planning to study Fish and Wildlife Management at Moberly Area Community College and make use of his A+ Scholarship as he works towards his Associates Degree and then transfer to Missouri State University where he plans to finish his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Mgmt. Colby has been interested in wildlife his entire life, and comes by it naturally with a Mom who works as a Missouri Conservation Agent and a Dad who is a Wildlife Regional Supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. They both feel like he's entering the "Family Business". He was honored to be chosen as one of this year's MCAA Scholarship winners.