5 National Rifle Association Scholarships

There are many places to look for scholarships but it can be a daunting task for you that is why Scholarships to Study Abroad is here to find and bring all of these scholarships to you. In this blog post, I present to you all the scholarships and grants offered by the National Rifle Association (NRA) designed to support the education of students who are involved in hunting and rifle shooting.

If you are looking to enter college or high school and are involved in hunting and/or shooting activities, you can apply for the scholarships and grants provided annually by the National Rifle Association as well as for other hunting scholarships to help fund your studies.

The National Rifle Association also known as the NRA is a US-based gun rights advocacy group founded in 1871 by William Conant Church and George Wood Wingate to advance rifle marksmanship. The present NRA still upholds the goals on which it was founded but has greatly improved on that goal by becoming a prominent gun-rights lobbying organization that teaches the safety and competence of firearms.

The association is based in Fairfax County, Virginia but it welcomes members from another part of the nation and has, according to the association, 5.5 million members. The association offers varieties of educational and non-educational programs to children, youth, and adults and they also sponsor a range of programs about firearm safety.

The NRA provides financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants to students who are members of the association. The funding is provided to support their studies. Although all the scholarships are funded by the NRA they have different requirements and eligibility criteria which you should not skip.

Without any further ado, let’s get into the NRA scholarships and how you can win them.

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National Rifle Association Scholarships

The first and foremost thing you need to know about winning the National Rifle Association scholarship is that you must become a member. And to become a member you must be engaged in hunting and/or rifle shooting activities. As a member, you can participate in every event and program organized by the association including applying for scholarships.

Having said that, the National Rifle Association scholarships are:

  • The NRA Foundation Grant
  • NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
  • NRA School Shield Grants
  • NRA Youth Education Summit
  • Women’s Wildlife Management Conservation Scholarship

1.     The NRA Foundation Grant

The National Rifle Association Foundation started offering grants in990 and has provided over $473 million in grants to date. The Foundation provided financial support to eligible projects, programs, and organizations relating to shooting sports, and education through its grant program.

You must be part of the NRA to apply for this grant. There is no specific amount of grant that is given to applicants. To apply for the grant, visit the website via the link below and select your state and you will find a grant to apply for. Yes, the grant can be applied toward your college or high school tuition when you receive it. Also, the grant is provided annually, if you miss it this year, check in next year.

Link to Grant

2.     NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund

The Civil Rights Defense Fund is another free funding program from the NRA for students in grades K-12 to participate in and win cash prizes from $1,00 to $1,000. The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund awards these cash prizes to students every year by conducting a Youth Essay Contest on what the second amendment means to them.

Four winners whose essay stands out above the other contestants are chosen and given $1,000 for first place, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for second place. The essay word count is about 1,000 words. To join the contest, download, complete, and submit the entry form with your composition, write your essay, and submit it at the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Office of General Counsel at 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia.

Application Link

3.     NRA School Shield Grants

The NRA School Shield Grant is unlike the regular funding aid that is provided to support students’ education. This Shield Grant from the NRA Foundation is offered to schools across the US to assist them in completing projects and activities that concern improving the security of that school.

So, the NRA School Shield Grant focuses on improving the security of every school across the country to protect children. The funds are only provided when schools request it and you can do that on their page through the link provided below.

Link to Grant

4.     NRA Youth Education Summit

This may not sound like a scholarship but it is and it is a huge one. The NRA Youth Education Summit brings some of the brightest and most patriotic youths together to have a fun-filled two weeks engaging with political leaders, visiting historical monuments, and competing in debates all to enrich and inspire the future of the nation.

Aside from being a fun-filled activity, the summit serves as an educational experience that awards a $55,000 scholarship to students with outstanding leadership skills and knowledgeable participation during the week’s activities. About 45 – 50 students are usually selected for the two-week-long summit.

Application Link

5.     Women’s Wildlife Management Conservation Scholarship

The Women’s Wildlife Management Conservation Scholarship is a scholarship program established by the NRA Women’s Policies Committee. If you are a woman who is a member of the NRA and also a college student in the field of wildlife management, forestry, parks, or fish and wildlife conservation then this scholarship is for you. Applicants are also required to have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0.

Winners are selected based on their knowledge of conservation and/or natural resource issues, and their commitment to becoming a leader in the realm of conservation. The winner will be awarded $2,500 per semester for up to two semesters. The scholarship is also offered annually.

Scholarship Link

These are the 5 NRA scholarships and grants offered by the National Rifle Association Foundation. These funds are offered annually, so, if you miss it this year, you can apply for them the next year. But remember, you have to be a member of the NRA to be eligible for any of the grants and scholarships.