By Danielle Sturgis | July 18 2010 15:00

Carly JohnsStudents in Washington DC with the NRA's Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) have visited the District's memorials and monuments. (Special thanks to Carly Johns from Montana for her picture from the World War II memorial.) They've enjoyed exclusive tours of the Pentagon, the National Archives, the NRA National Firearms Museum, and more.

And throughout it all, they've been competing for $10,000 worth of scholarships.

The first round of awards was announced yesterday at the week's Award Ceremony and Dinner. Stay tuned to NRAblog for the names of the winners. A second round of scholarships, called Grand Scholarships, total $20,000 and involve a second application, available to participants after they complete the 2010 Y.E.S. program.

“We’ve learned a lot about the Second Amendment and the programs of the NRA,” said 2010 Y.E.S. participant Julia Parker from New Hampshire. “It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know other students who share my passion for freedom.”

Since the Youth Education Summit's inception in 1996, more than $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded. The NRA Foundation provides all funding for the Youth Education Summit through monies raised by Friends of NRA events. Friends of NRA is a grassroots fundraising program organized by local volunteers. Since the program's inception in 1992, Friends of NRA has funded thousands of local projects that include youth education efforts, firearm training, and conservation projects.

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