By Kyle Jillson | May 6 2014 14:40

$1,000 scholarships distributed to students for outstanding academics and participation in shooting sports

A 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit participant receives a $1,000 college scholarship

The NRA Foundation is the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Since its formation in 1990, The NRA Foundation has awarded thousands of grants in support of educational programs thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised through the Friends of NRA grassroots fundraising program. Katie Jones of the Douglas County Friends of NRA committee in Oregon recently shared a great story with us about one such grant.

Roseburg, Oregon - May 1, 2014 - The Oregon Friends of NRA is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 scholarship competition. Each of the students have earned a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward college or technical school expenses.

  • Benjamin Barnes, Jr., Oakland, OR
  • Robert Stewart, Tigard, OR
  • Sarah Spaugh, Baker City, OR
  • Katie Birkmaier, Enterprise, OR
  • Sandra Shelton, Central Point, OR
  • Morgan Waters, Wallowa, OR
  • Brian Staebler-Siewell, Baker City, OR
  • Jacob Murstig, Echo, OR
  • Emily Spang, Wallowa, OR
  • Natalie Scotto, Hermiston, OR
  • Hannah Mabbott, Hermiston, OR
  • Katielynn Parret, Riddle, OR
  • Cheyenne Camara, Prineville, OR
  • Lukas Huggins, Baker City, OR
  • Max Hane, Roseburg, OR

In this merit scholarship competition, applications were scored to include points for academic achievement, extracurricular activities; having an emphasis on participation in shooting sports yet not requiring it, community volunteerism and for how well each student responded to an essay prompt regarding the Second Amendment.

"It is an honor to see these youth learn about our Second Amendment through this program, and to see them develop an appreciation for the freedoms it allows," said Katie Jones, Oregon Friends of NRA scholarship committee member and head of Douglas County Friends of NRA. "I honestly believe educating today's youth is the best way to protect these rights for future generations of Americans to enjoy."

The scholarship is funded through the proceeds of various fundraisers throughout the state, including the popular Friends of NRA banquets. This is the 3rd year the scholarship has been offered, and to date over $30,000 has been awarded.

More information regarding the scholarship and application requirements for next year can be found at


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