By Kyle Jillson | November 10 2009 06:40

From Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon:

For the first time ever, a state Youth Education Summit (YES) awarded college scholarships to its participants. In years past, the winner of the North Carolina YES program was awarded a trip to National YES and the other participants would say farewell to their new friends and head home with their fond memories of the experience. However, North Carolina Field Representatives Doug Merrill and David Wells had a better idea for the 2009 Summit.

To make the dream of college a little more attainable for youths, they awarded a total of $1,750 in college scholarships to three lucky individuals along with a trip to National YES for the top winner. The criteria for a scholarship were based heavily on their essays, involvement with debates, skits, and overall participation. With twelve participants it was hard to pick only three:

  • $250 – 2nd Runner Up: Bridgette Jones, Franklinton, N.C.
  • $500 – 1st Runner Up: Hannah Joyce, East Bend, N.C.
  • $1,000 + Trip to National YES: Catherine Cox, Southern Pines, N.C.

“I only see this program growing,” said David Wells, Western North Carolina Field Rep. “Our goal is to try and promote the state YES program all year long and encourage each [Friends of NRA] committee to send at least one child.”

If you are a current high school sophomore or junior in North Carolina, please contact David Wells at (252) 456-2097 or dwells@nrahq.org if you're interested in participating in next years program!

Read all NRAblog coverage of the Youth Education Summits -- both national and state -- here.
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