By Kyle Jillson | January 18 2014 13:30

Apply for the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the NRA

Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Cheng with the NRA Youth Education Summit's top shooters

Fairfax, Virginia - The February 1, 2014, deadline to apply for this year's National Youth Education Summit is almost here. If you're a junior or sophomore in high school, this is your chance to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C.

The all expenses paid trip takes place June 23 - 29 and offers multiple scholarship opportunities. Throughout the week, students will learn about the American government through visits to NRA headquarters and a dozen other sights around our nation's capital. Students will also have the chance to develop their leadership skills, public speaking, and debating skills through fun activities. Most importantly, they'll get a safe introduction to the shooting sports at the NRA Headquarters Range! There's never a dull moment during the week-long trip.

Start your Y.E.S. application today right here. Print it out, fill it out, and mail it out to NRA headquarters:

    Event Services Coordinator
    11250 Waples Mill Rd
    Fairfax, VA 22030

The application process is highly competitive and consists of a Second Amendment essay, personal statement, high school transcript and three recommendations.

If you're from Alaska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, or Virginia, there's a state Y.E.S. program you need to go through first. Learn about them here.

Although a lot of Y.E.S. applicants have prior experience with the shooting sports, it's not required to be accepted. Your application is judged solely on GPA, well-roundedness of activities, your Second Amendment essay, Personal Statement and recommendations.

Learn all about the exciting events and scholarship opportunities the Youth Education Summit has to offer on its website: http://www.friendsofnra.org/yes.

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