Austin Burdick receives NWTF scholarship

Aaron Mt Strutters held its third annual hunting heritage fundraiser banquet on May 22 at The Link and awarded a $500 scholarship to Austin Burdick of Flint Hill. The organization is the local chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) — a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization.

Austin is a senior homeschooled through Kolbe Academy in Napa, Calif., and has been dual-enrolled at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown since 11th grade. He was accepted to his top three choices of colleges: Cornell University, University of Virginia and Texas A&M. He has decided to enroll at UVA this fall.

Austin hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as a large animal/equine veterinarian. He is a member of National Society of High School Scholars, United States Polo Association, Virginia Equine Artists Association, National Rifle Association, and he is a lifetime member of National Eagle Scout Association. The big surprise of the night was that Kevin Grubbs, regional director, and Darryl Jenkins, local chapter president, presented Austin with a $2,500 scholarship from the State Chapter of NWTF.

The evening program was catered by The Country Café. The chapter extends thank to its wine sponsor, Unicorn Winery of Amissville; drink sponsors, Pepsi Bottling Company of Warrenton; and banquet sponsors, Whetzel Drainfields & Excavating and Greg Williams Landscaping & Tree Service, for their continued support. The chapter also thanks Clark Brothers Gun Shop, Kathy Shumate, Rose Hill Veterinary Practice, Orlean Market, Joyce Spiker, Margaret and Douglas Wise, Southwood Farm, Marshall 7-Eleven, Clatterbaugh Construction, Chuck Akre, Castlerock Enterprises, Thistle Hill Farm, Gheen Bros. Construction, Early’s Carpet, Country Café, Hidden Springs Farm, Scot & Cecilia Dove, Bobby and Donna Ennis, Antler Ridge Taxidermy, Marriott Ranch and Guy Norton.

For more information about the NWTF organization or to become involved, please contact Darryl Jenkins at 540-364-9104 or

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