BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Functions are actually being accepted for the 2023 Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarships for younger, feminine anglers, which honor Sevier’s management and long-term imaginative and prescient for the expansion of sportfishing. The 2 $2,500 scholarships are provided to highschool or faculty ladies who’re dedicated to fishing for a collegiate program.
Scholarship functions are being accepted till June 16, 2023, and will probably be reviewed by a panel of judges from Shimano and B.A.S.S., together with Sevier.
“I’m honored my identify is related to the scholarship,” stated Sevier after reviewing the 2022 scholarship nominees. “All (of the candidates) are spectacular and all deserving. I needed to vote for all for one motive or one other!”
Sevier, simply the second full-time member of B.A.S.S. employed by founder Ray Scott in 1970, was a pioneer in any respect ranges of the group. Throughout her 31-year profession at B.A.S.S., Sevier oversaw a increase in membership — the group boasted greater than 600,000 members when she offered it to ESPN in 2001 — in addition to the growth of Bassmaster’s media operation to incorporate seven magazines and two tv exhibits, together with the long-lasting TV program, The Bassmasters. Sevier was additionally instrumental in recruiting younger individuals to the game by means of the modern CastingKids program. In 2004, Sevier was inducted into the Nationwide Freshwater Fishing Corridor of Fame, and her induction into the Bass Fishing Corridor of Fame got here in 2018.
“Profitable the Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship has meant a lot to me,” stated Morris. “I used to be already trying ahead to fishing on the Southern Union fishing workforce, however now I’m much more excited as a result of this helps to indicate ladies and younger women that they’ll obtain nice issues in a male-dominated sport. This has actually inspired me to step out and check out for extra scholarships and issues that appeared unachievable.”
“Shimano is happy to proceed in assist of the Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship in 2023,” stated Sarah Harper Burke, senior advertising supervisor, Shimano North America Fishing. “In celebration of the affect Helen Sevier’s profession has had within the fishing business, this scholarship will assist guarantee future ‘pioneers’ have assist and recognition of their endeavors to compete on the faculty degree. The subsequent technology of feminine anglers is a transparent path to rising and selling the sportfishing business as an entire.”
To be eligible for the Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship, the feminine angler have to be both a rising senior or highschool graduate and B.A.S.S. member with plans to fish competitively or have to be at present fishing competitively at a four-year faculty or college, two-year faculty or college or vocational faculty.