Natalie Madison Thomas, a 2023 graduate of James River High School, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the Virginia Bear Hunters Association (VBHA). Natalie is the daughter of Nathan and Rachel Thomas of Eagle Rock and members of the VBHA. Natalie plans to attend Roanoke College and pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation.
The Virginia Bear Hunters Association is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of hunting bear with dogs and to sound wildlife management principles. The Association’s annual scholarship is open to members and their families and is awarded based on academic achievement, planned course of study, community and association participation, honors and awards, and an essay.