Crestliner recently awarded four scholarships as part of its new Angling Aces Student Program. The program, which launched in March of this year, awarded two individual scholarships and two team scholarships, totaling $6,000.
"One of the main components of the Angling Aces program is to support young anglers who would like to pursue professional fishing, as well as young angling student teams," said Lori Kneeland, director of marketing. "It's our honor to be able to give to the future leaders of this sport."
Crestliner awarded the following four Angling Aces scholarships:
Team Scholarship $1,500: McKendree University Bass Fishing Team
"We are currently enclosing a pavilion to create additional boat storage for the anglers. This scholarship money will be extremely helpful in the completion of this project. We feel tremendously appreciative and grateful!" - Head Coach Jon Rinderer
Team Scholarship $1,500: Elk River Bassers
Elk River, Minn.
"While our number-one goal is to fish tournaments, we also believe in mentoring young anglers to become good stewards in the industry and to encourage them to 'pay it forward' in life. This sponsorship sends a message to our anglers that their efforts can be rewarded." - Boat Captain Todd Shatusky
Academic Scholarship $1,000: Austin Gaab
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Montoursville, Pa.
"I would like to thank Crestliner for the opportunity to receive this scholarship. I hope to pursue a career in the fishing and boating industry, and this scholarship will help pay for my education to do so." - Austin Gaab
Angler Scholarship $2,000: Trevor McKinney
McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill.
"Being an Angling Aces member has been life-changing for me over the past few months. Of course, it allowed me to win this scholarship, which has been awesome, but it has also allowed for me to build relationships with other fellow anglers through the Crestliner Angling Aces Facebook page." - Trevor McKinney
In addition to awarding scholarships, the Angling Aces program aims to help student anglers perfect fishing techniques, advocates for the outdoors and resource conservation, and teaches on-water safety.
"This program is a true joy for us as a company," Kneeland said. "We're happy to not only support these promising young anglers, but also to bolster the sport of fishing. We look forward to many more opportunities to award scholarships and offer support through Angling Aces."
Crestliner is now accepting applications for 2019 scholarships. To sign up for the program and receive news updates, students can visit Crestliner Angling Aces and follow us on Facebook at Crestliner Angling Aces.