Bill Walker Scholarship

The Michigan Bear Hunters Association, which is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation, created the MBHA/Bill Walker Scholarship in 2001 to benefit society by encouraging people to pursue higher education.
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Scholarship Details

The scholarship, named after a longtime leader and former president of MBHA, is for those attending or soon to be attending a college or technical institution. MBHA sends the scholarship money directly to the college or technical institution.

Every March

Scholarships are awarded each March to successful applicants

$4,000 Budget

Funds distributed in any amount the scholarship committee sees fit.
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Sparky Hale Awards

Established in 1952, the Sparky Hale Award was created to honor former MBHA vice president Sparky Hale. Hale died in a deer hunting accident in 1950.
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Sparky Hale Details

The award, MBHA’s greatest award, is meant to recognize those who have made long and outstanding contributions to the MBHA and bear conservation.
The award is not given out every year, but only when someone goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Although most Sparky Hale recipients are MBHA members, others have been deserving of the Award.

Non-Member Award Recipients

Arnold Welch
Founder Of The Michigan Hunting Dog Federation
Rick Story
Former U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Vice President
Joe and Nancy Hudson
Founders Of The Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association
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