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.
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.
It was with the youth of Oregon in mind that the committee
developed a new scholarship program that would
support the next generation’s champions of the Second
Amendment. The newly appointed program would
provide financial support to five graduating high school
seniors from any county in Oregon.
“We had briefly discussed this idea in the past but the
concept never took off,” said Dr. Maurizio Valerio, Chairman
of Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee.
The Oregon Friends of NRA wanted to get off the
ground and running as soon as possible after the State
Fund meeting. “We felt this was a priority that needed to
be put into practice,” shared Valerio.
You can finish reading the story and hear about Oregon's future plans right here.