Applications sought for scholarship for wildlife management students


NEWPORT — The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications from qualified students who wish to receive scholarship assistance. 

As a living memorial for two people who loved New York and the outdoors, the fund assists students who wish to train in the field of wildlife management. Janice and Paul Keesler were avid sports people who wrote and lectured about the outdoors and founded and published the nationally-recognized New York Sportsman Magazine. 

Janice passed away suddenly in 1988 and Paul in 2005 after a battle with cancer.

The annual scholarship award is available to any New York resident who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning and is, or will be, working toward obtaining a degree in some facet of wildlife management. 

The 27th series of the Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Award will be distributed in the fall of 2022. To date, the fund has distributed more than $31,500 in grants to Wildlife Management students. 

An application may be obtained by going to and the application can be printed from the website and sent through the mail or emailed. The completed application form must be returned to the committee no later than Sept. 15.

Mail to: Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund, c/o Bridget Keesler, P.O. Box 485, Newport, N.Y., 13416, or email:

Add “Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Application” to the subject area of the email to ensure the application is not overlooked.

Individuals or clubs wishing to make a contribution to the fund may do so by sending a check or money order payable to: Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund. Mail to the above address.

For additional information about the Keesler Scholarship Fund, visit the website at: or send inquiries to 


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