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2015 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Scholarship Winner

June 1st, 2015 in Archived Salmon Fest News

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is proud to announce that Zachary Parsons received the 2015 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship.

The $1500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding North Central Washington graduating high school senior who is continuing their education in a natural resource field at an accredited college or university.

Parsons is the son of Brian and Anita Parsons of East Wenatchee, Washington. He is a graduating senior from Eastmont High School and will be attending the University of Wyoming and pursuing a degree in Zoology with a focus on wildlife biology.

Parsons faced some serious competition from a field of superior candidates, but his outstanding academic record, demonstrated community involvement, references and personal essay were determining factors in his selection. Parsons future path is stated clearly, “I plan on majoring in zoology and finding a career in wildlife research. I hope that by following this path I will be able to explore my interests for the rest of my life while also doing work that matters to the larger community.”

One of the core values of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is providing high quality natural resource education to our communities. To foster this belief we “pay it forward” by investing in local students who have a passion for natural resources and want to further their education in this field.

The Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship was created in honor of Nancy Duree, a Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Core Team member devoted to the educational mission of the festival and an active participant in the festival from its inception in 1991. Nancy was a strong believer in promoting the value of higher education and was passionate about conserving and connecting people with the outdoors.

The Wenatchee River Salmon festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and the 75th anniversary of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Complex. The free festival is open to the public September 17-19.