You know that the shooting sports can teach discipline, sportsmanship and safety, but did you know that they can also help pay for college? This year, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) awarded $152,000 to young scholar marksmen of high moral fiber who help support their communities. These scholarships are for use during the 2016-2017 school year through the CMP's Scholarship Program.
The 152 awards are a result of a month's worth of diligent work as CMP board members and staff sifted through over 233 applications. Interestingly, these applications represented all but three American states, and over half were from young women. Graduating high school JROTC, 4-H and other junior shooting club members are all eligible for these scholarships. A record of wins isn't necessary: Applications are accepted as long as they are received completed, the applicant is a U.S. citizen, shows good moral character, is a contributing member to society, and is a scholar marksman. The CMP is dedicated to its commitment to youth programs and furthering the education of the successful young adults involved within them. Through these scholarships, the CMP is able to uphold its goal of awarding those who present exceptional talent, determination and citizenship within the field of marksmanship.
In addition to the scholarships awarded to talented marksmen across the country, six local scholarships were awarded to athletes in the Port Clinton, Ohio, and Talladega, Ala., areas. All junior marksmen are encouraged to stay focused on their academic careers as well as in becoming involved with their communities and other positive extra curricular activities. The CMP is proud to provide support to junior marksmen in their continuing education and helping to shape their fulfilling futures.