By Kyle Jillson | October 25 2013 12:15

Up to $5,000 in prizes for youths active in the shooting sports

2010 NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award winner Nathan Switzer

Fairfax, Virginia - Are there any junior shooters out there who would like an extra $5,000? The NRA and Brownells are putting a call out to all youth shooters. You don't need to make it in the X-ring every time you pull the trigger. The most important thing is that you have an active part in the shooting sports through individual participation and educational pursuits.

Alright, what does that mean?

There are many ways to be eligible for the Brownells/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, but all of them will will help you gain a greater appreciation for the opportunities out in the shooting sports world.

Check out the different requirements below and select the ones that work best for you. After you've completed the tasks, you'll be eligible for the national contest and will receive an official NRA Youth Award Certificate and Medal recognizing your accomplishment. Simple, right? The top three contestants are then chosen to receive prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 each.

Before you go over the list, the first requirement is that you're under 21 or reach that age in 2014.

Second, complete the award's six Core Requirements:

  • Eligible through the year of your 21st birthday.
  • Attend and complete one NRA Basic Firearm Training Course.
  • Participate in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program by earning a rating in one discipline.
  • Attach an essay of no more than 1,000 words; the subject of the essay is “What the Shooting Sports has Taught Me,” describing why you began to participate in the shooting sports, the lessons learned and how you use these lessons in your everyday life.
  • Three letters of reference, including one from your coach, and one from a teacher.
  • A copy of your current school transcript.

Third, select five out of 19 Elective Requirements:

An application form can be found here. The deadline to enter is May 1 of each year. You still have a few months but it's best to get started early. These events can take a while and there's a lot to do.

If you have any questions, contact the NRA Youth Programs Department at (703) 267-1505 or email


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