NRA scholarship for female conservation enthusiasts now accepting applications

Former scholarship winner Melissa A Stevens

Fairfax, Virginia - If you're a young lady enrolled in a college wildlife management or conservation program, you can receive financial aid from the National Rifle Association.

Established in 2005 by the NRA’s Women’s Policies Committee and administered through The NRA Foundation, the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship is dedicated to assisting women looking for careers in conservation.

Previous winners of the scholarship have shown a devotion to a future in wildlife conservation, have had extensive field work and have been active with outdoor organizations.

Interested? Scholarship applicants must be full-time female college juniors or seniors majoring in wildlife management/conservation who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If you're a past scholarship winner, you can reapply for even more aid! Check out the criteria, supporting materials, general information and the link for the online application at http://wwmcs.nra.org/.

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Texas teens get help with their college educations from Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA scholarship recipient Sara Hedley of Rochelle, Texas

For the third year in a row, the West Texas Friends of NRA has given out scholarships to youth shooters from all over West Texas. This year's applicants made for the toughest decisions yet by the West Texas Friends of NRA College Scholarship Committee. It was tough, but the committee finally narrowed it down to their three choices.

Our winners this year come from all over the region; from the Panhandle of Texas to the Texas Hill Country and out into the western reaches of the area.

In third place, Austan Paulk comes from a community so small most people probably haven't heard of it or could locate it on a map - Imperial, Texas. He was the President of his National Honor Society for the past two years, is a past-president of the Imperial FFA Shooting Sports Team, competes with the International Defensive Pistol Association, and still has time to attend 3-gun competitions in the area. On top of all of this, Austan graduated high school this past May already having earned 30 hours of college credit. Austan started attending Texas State Technical College in Waco this past fall and is working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Sciences.

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Awards $5,000 in college scholarships from funds raised at Friends of NRA events

Half of all money raised at Friends of NRA events goes back to the states they originated from. Who decides what to do with that money? Special State Fund Committees. These groups appropriate grants to organizations all over the state to improve the local shooting sports. The new issue of Traditions Magazine has a great story about the Oregon State Fund Committee helping youth shooters reach for their dreams by awarding college scholarships.

Friends of NRA

Traveling from the far corners of the state of Oregon, volunteers and committee members gathered for the annual Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee meeting earlier this year. It was over casual conversation with members of the committee where an idea was generated to make an impact among the youth in Oregon.

It has been the mission of the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation to look to the youth when determining how to allocate funds raised. We all know that the future of the shooting sports rests in the generation that always comes next. This is exactly why programs like 4H, junior ROTC, Youth Outdoor days and Youth Hunter Education Challenge (Y.H.E.C.) are among the most consistently supported by NRA Foundation grants.

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Women enjoying NRA's progams

November 1st is right around the corner, and that means you've got less than a week to either apply for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship or nominate someone for one of the NRA's Women's Awards.

Full-time female college juniors or seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 majoring in Wildlife Mangement, Conservation, or a related area are eligible to apply for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship. This one-year, renewable scholarship of $1,000 from the NRA Foundation will be awarded to one lucky young woman to help pay for her education.

NRA's Women's Programs Department is dedicated to providing programs and services for the women of the NRA and for honoring ladies who show a dedication to the Second Amendment and the shooting sports. The NRA Women's Awards program recognizes two women each year by awarding the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award and the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award.

Time is running out, so apply now for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship or nominate an outstanding lady for the Sybil Ludington or Marion P. Hammer Award. The deadline is November 1st, so don't wait another minute!

Apply now for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship

A few months ago, we told you about the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship, available to full-time female college juniors or seniors majoring in Wildlife Management, Conservation, or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or more.

This is a one-year, renewable scholarship of $1,000 from the NRA Foundation that can help young ladies pay for tuition, books, or other school related expenses.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is November 1st, so don't waste another minute! You can access and submit the application online. Winners are selected in January by the NRA Women's Policies Committee, the same group who established the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship.

If you have a passion for conservation or the outdoors and would like to help support the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship, you can send a tax-deductible contribution to The NRA Foundation, c/o Sandy Elkin at 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

So don't delay - submit your application as soon as possible and start your 2012 school year with a helping hand from the Women of the NRA!

The United States Constitution

What does the Second Amendment mean to you, and why is it important? If you're a high school, junior high, or even an elementary school student, your answer could win you up to $1,000 in Savings Bonds.

Each year, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund (NRACRDF) sponsors an essay contest focused on the Second Amendment and its role as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The theme for the essay is "The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation."

The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2011-2012 academic year, or homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level.

Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 10-12) and Junior (grades 9 and below), with separate prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First prizes are $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds; second prizes, $600 in Savings Bonds; third prizes, $200 in Savings Bonds; and honorable mention, $100 in Savings Bonds.

The entry deadline for this contest is December 1, 2011. Essay contest winners will be selected by the NRACRDF and notified in early 2012. Winners will have their names published in NRA InSights, and one of the Official Journals.

Learn more about eligibility and requirements for the essay contest and get your copy of the 2011 entry form. For more information or questions, please contact Ashleigh McFadden with the Office of General Counsel at 703-267-1250.

Jeanne E. Bray Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, the Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship program offers college scholarships of up to $1,000 per semester (up to $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership.

Pictured at right, Mrs. Bray became a Life Member in 1967 and was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 1984. She served on the Clubs and Associations, Nominating, Public Affairs, and Women's Policy Committees. However, her work for NRA went beyond the boardroom.

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2010 winner of Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship Candace Elizabeth Kraft

If you're a young lady enrolled as a full-time college junior or senior majoring in the field of wildlife management or conservation with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, then consider applying for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship.

Established by the NRA's Women’s Policies Committee, the Women’s Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship is administered by The NRA Foundation. This scholarship, from the Women of the NRA, is a renewable, one-year, $1,000 scholarship. Applications for the scholarship should be submitted no later than November 1 and the application can be accessed and submitted online. The winner will be selected in January.

You can help support the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship, by sending a tax-deductible contributions to The NRA Foundation, c/o Sandy Elkin at 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Take a look at the young women who have received this scholarship in recent years.

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