In the year 2000 Bill and Ellen Carter, founders of Carter’s Country Outdoor Stores headquartered in Spring, Texas, established the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Texas. The primary mission of the foundation is to award scholarships to assist high school graduates and college students who are studying to pursue careers in the outdoor field, be it wildlife or agriculture.
The Carters, also longtime owners of the Sombrerito Ranch in Webb County, Apache Springs Ranch in Kerr County and Cotton Mesa Ranch in southeast Colorado, felt that one way to help insure that firearms ownership, hunting and wildlife conservation will be around for future generations was to help young students to get an education and pursue a career in the outdoor field.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Am I Eligible For?
Fifteen (15) scholarships of $2,000.00 each will be available for the 2019-2020 school year. These will be awarded via mail by July 15, 2019. The selection process will be based on a point-scale scoring system and each application will be reviewed and ranked by an area-wide scoring committee.
How Do I Enter?
These scholarships are available to graduating high school students, first and second year college students (entering Freshman or Sophomore year), including Carter’s Country Associates’ family members. Scholarships are also available to third and fourth year college students (entering Junior or Senior year) who are pursuing a wildlife outdoor field of study.
Applications are available for download here or you can pick one up in any Carter’s Country Store. Applications will also be available through certain college agriculture and wildlife departments, county extension offices and high school ag departments.