Olpe High School senior Kohl Prose, just wants to share his love of the outdoors.
Prose, grandson of Elizabeth Prose of Little River, was the winner of a $2,000 Kansas state scholarship from the National Wild Turkey Federation. This is in addition to the $1,000 Flint Hills Gobblers chapter scholarship he won in January, and his state-level success qualifies him for the $10,000 national scholarship.
"It's a combination of essay and application that asks about community service and outdoor involvement," Prose said. "It asked about how I plan to promote the hunting tradition."
Prose got involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation at a young age by attending wild turkey hunting clinics. The National Wild Turkey Federation is an organization that works to preserve wild turkey habitat, promote wild turkey hunting and safety, and encourage people to enjoy outdoor activities. Since 1973, its conservation efforts have led to a nearly five-fold increase in the wild turkey population of North America.
"I participated for two or three years, so I knew the people who ran it," he said.
Since then, Prose has led classes on shooting safety and ethics and provided support and state camps and fundraisers.
"I like helping my peers get involved in the outdoors," he said. "It's more enjoyable help others get out."
Prose boasts a long list of extracurricular activities beyond the NWTF. He was a member of Olpe High School's Kansa State Football Championship team in 2014-2015, and the next year was on the track team that took another state title. He also plays basketball and was chosen as the captain for both the basketball and football teams.
Outside school, Prose's involvement extends to 12 years of 4-H, including holding officer positions, and involvement in shooting and archery sports with national-level finishes.
Academically, Prose enjoys math and English and has won several academic awards. He plans to finish his associates degree in industrial engineering at Flint Hills Technical College, then decide from there what to pursue.
"I was pretty excited to win this scholarship," he said. "College is expensive, and this will be a big help that first year."
Prose said though he's proud of the achievement, he recognizes he didn't earn it alone.
"I want to thank my parents, of course, and the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter," he said. "They've helped me become who I am."