Scholarships and Contests

The NRA offers several scholarships and contests throughout the year. Click on the links below for details about the rules and requirements and find out how to submit your entry.

Outstanding Youth Achievement Award

The Brownells/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award is given to young shooting sports enthusiasts up to the age of 21 who complete a series of requirements. Each year, the NRA chooses National Outstanding Achievement Youth Award winners to receive up to $5,000.

Youth Wildlife Art Contest

The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to all students in grades 1 through 12. Submit your depiction of a North American game animal for a chance at prizes up to $1,000. The deadline for entries is in early November.

Youth Education Summit

NRA's annual Youth Education Summit gives high school sophomores and juniors from across the United States an opportunity to come to Washington, DC to learn about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs. Each year, participants in the Youth Education Summit compete for $30,000 in scholarships. Submit your application for the Youth Education Summit by February 1.

The Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship

The Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship program offers college scholarships to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership. The deadline for submitting your applications is November 1.

Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund has an annual essay contest for students up to the 12th grade. The essay's topic relates to the importance of the Second Amendment, and the top prize is $1,000. The entry deadline is December 1.

Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship

The Women's Policies Committee of the National Rifle Association established the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship as a renewable, one-year, $1,000 scholarship available to full-time college juniors or seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, majoring in wildlife management/conservation. Submit your application by November 1.

Collegiate Shooting Scholarship Program

The NRA Collegiate & Schools Program offers the Collegiate Shooting Scholarship Program to give one-time college scholarships of $5,000 to eligible graduating high school seniors with a strong interest in the shooting sports and the Second Amendment. (At this time, this scholarship is only available to students in Pennsylvania.)