Crappie Anglers of Texas (CAT) has named its 2015 Scholarship Award winners. During a presentation conducted at CAT’s meeting on May 5, 2015, CAT awarded a total of $3,500 to 6 deserving recipients. This year’s recipients are:

Cody May received a $1,000 scholarship. Cody will be attending Texas A & M University in the fall and will be majoring in Environmental Sciences. Some of his interests and hobbies include competing in livestock shows, hunting and fishing. Cody’s essay was entitled “My Favorite Hunting Memory”.

Martin Verges received a $500 scholarship and will be attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He will be studying Business & Accounting. Martin was the captain of his Lacrosse Team his senior year and loves tournament fishing. Martin’s essay was entitled “Fishing – A Life’s Lesson”.


Madison Waters received a $500 scholarship. This is her second year attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA with a 4.0 GPA, majoring in Public Health. Madison enjoys reading, yoga and volunteering. Her essay was on “Algal Blooms in Lake Erie”.

Katelyn Bailey received a $500 scholarship. She will be attending Tyler Junior College in the fall. Her Major is Kinesiology and Sports Medicine. Some of Katelyn’s interest and hobbies include sports, social activities and trivia games. Katelyn’s essay was on “Fishing Habitat Destruction”.

Shannon Reicherts received a $500 scholarship. She will be attending Texas Women’s University in the fall. She will be majoring in Business Human Resources. Shannon enjoys Girl Scouts, fishing, kayaking and photography. Shannon’s essay was on “How Anglers can help the Fishing Environment”.

Lyric Wyan received a $500 scholarship and will be attending Pace University in New York Majoring in Forensic Sciences. She is looking forward to her senior year when she will be working with the NYPD investigating live cases. Lyric enjoys listening to music, rafting, horseback riding and many other outdoor activities. Lyric’s essay was entitled “The Things School Forgot to Mention About Water”.

The Crappie Anglers of Texas Scholarship Program seeks to identify, recognize and reward high school seniors and college students who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must exhibit strong academic and leadership skills and must participate in community service activities. In the last three years, CAT has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to deserving young men and young ladies.

CATis the largest regional crappie fishing organization in the country and was established in November 2007. CAT is a non-profit, family-oriented organization dedicated to educating anglers of all skill levels, encouraging sportsmanship to its highest level and promoting the sport of crappie fishing and fellowship through organized events. CAT’s goal is to help novice crappie fisherman learn more about crappie fishing, while at the same time providing an opportunity to some of the best crappie fisherman in the south to compete in tournaments. CAT does not have any paid employees or officers; we are a 100% volunteer organization and all of our sponsorship dollars are used to support and further our organization.