Poche scholarship honors memory of local angler

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The parents of Dylan Poche, an NSU student and member of the university’s fishing team, will be honored with a scholarship in his name, to be presented to a Natchitoches Central High School graduate with the same passion for fishing. From left are Erin Dupree, Brittany McConathy and Jill Bankston representing NSU’s Office of Alumni and Development, Burt and Shelley Poche, Drake Owens and Tiffany Chasteen of NSU Alumni and Development and Juddy Hamous, sponsor of the NSU Fishing Team.

A Natchitoches Central High School student with a passion for fishing will benefit from a scholarship established to honor the memory of a Northwester State University student whose tragic death left a void in the university’s fishing team and its close-knit members.

The Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarship will be presented each spring to a graduating member of the NCHS Fishing Team who plans to be a member of the NSU Fishing Team. If no eligible students apply, the funds will go to support the NSU Fishing Team and their activities. The scholarship was established by Poche’s parents, Burt and Shelley Poche and Misty Ott.

“Dylan had such a passion for fishing and we want the scholarship to go to someone who has that passion,” said Shelley Poche. “It takes a lot for a kid to attend to attend college, keep up with their classes and stay involved in extracurricular activities. We also hope this will benefit a student with a financial need.”

Poche, 18, was a 2015 graduate of Natchitoches Central High School, and an avid outdoorsman. He excelled at tournament fishing and was a member of the NCHS Fishing Team and, as a freshmen at Northwestern State, the NSU Fishing Team. He passed away Jan. 31.

“Dylan never met a stranger and was always willing to help out his fellow teammates,” Burt Poche said. “He was such a kind hearted person who was very easy to get along with, and all his teammates loved him. Dylan had many goals with fishing being a major priority. Through this fishing scholarship we are hoping to help others achieve their dreams.”

Juddy Hamous is sponsor of the NSU Fishing Team and a friend of the Poche family. Dylan Poche was his son’s best friend a well as fishing teammate.

“I hope kids understand what this scholarship means,” said Hamous, whose son fished with Dylan in high school and at NSU. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to have assistance.”

To contribute to the scholarship, contact Jill Bankston, associate director of Development at NSU, at (318) 357-4414 or email bankstonj@nsula.edu.

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