Manuel received the $500 from the NWTF on Friday, Feb. 22, at its annual turkey banquet held in Jackson at the Jackson Civic Center.
Manuel also received $250 from the Cody Hodges Memorial Fund.
Hodges was a resident of Walker who died suddenly at the age of 21 in Dec. 2011.
He was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
Manuel said the $750 will be applied to expenses he will incur at Mississippi State where he plans to attend next fall.
The 17-year-old ZHS senior says he loves to hunt turkey and deer.
Manuel is the son of Tom and Phyllis Manuel of Zachary.