This year’s Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship was awarded to 18-year old Pennsylvania student Hannah Misner. A freshman at Penn State Mont Alto, Ms. Misner is majoring in animal sciences. She recently graduated from Shalom Christian Academy, where she studied photography and won a number of awards for her wildlife photography.
“I love to spend my free time walking in the woods and photographing God’s beautiful creation,” she says. “Whether it be sitting in a tree stand, or fishing on a secluded lake, this is where most of my memories are made. My favorite time of year to take pictures is in the winter. I like to get up bright and early to take pictures of freshly fallen snow or frozen icicles.”
Ms. Misner submitted some great wildlife and scenic landscape photos with her scholarship application, according to scholarship chairman Mike Hammond, and also has a very impressive GPA. Hammond says Hannah also does a lot of volunteer work in and around Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her parents, and likes to go with her father on his hunting trips, with camera in hand to photograph whatever she comes across.
This year there were 114 applicants for the scholarship, Hammond says, which is 18 more than 2010. He says that applications were received from 34 states, and there were even two international applicants.