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Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Scholarship Awarded

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Bushnell Outdoor Products and UC Davis have recognized Christopher Barton as the second annual recipient of the Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Scholarship. Barton, a senior from Fremont in the UC Davis optical science & engineering major, carries a GPA of 3.40.

The Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 while pursuing a degree in optical science & engineering. The $7,500 scholarship will pay tuition and other expenses, which will allow the recipient student to have greater focus on academics. Established in 2011, the scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in optical science and engineering at UC Davis.

As a legendary figure in the optics industry, Bill McRae is not only known for his immense contributions to the outdoor industry, but for his dedication to mentoring journalists and industry professionals. Given all that McRae has contributed throughout his life, Bushnell established the UC Davis scholarship to share his legacy and support the next generation of optical engineers.

"Engineering is a very challenging curriculum, and it is important students are able to focus on academics full-time to perform at the highest level," said Jean VanderGheynst, associate dean for undergraduate studies at the UC Davis College of Engineering. "The award established by Bushnell to honor Bill McRae exemplifies the impact a corporate partner can make in the life of a student."

Bushnell Outdoor Products is a global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer products. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, the company sells its products worldwide under the Bushnell®, Butler Creek®, Final Approach®, Hoppe's®, Millett®, Night Optics, Primos®, Simmons®, Stoney Point®, Tasco®, Uncle Mike's®, Uncle Mike's Law Enforcement®, and the following eyewear brands: Bollé®, Cébé® and Serengeti®