If you're a student who shoots competitively (or a parent sweating next semester's bill), the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has great news for you: Their scholarship program is accepting applications for 2019-2020 school year now! In the last 13 years, the CMP has awarded over a million dollars to student athletes, and you and yours could very well be next in line. (In fact, last year alone saw the CMP awarding over $150,000.) Through these scholarships, the CMP is able to uphold one of its missions of awarding those who present exceptional talent, motivation and determination within the field of marksmanship.
The scholarships are $1,000 for one year, based on merit and rifle or pistol marksmanship. This offer is only open to current high school seniors, and the deadline for application is March 20, 2019. Yes, that's six months away, but there are some materials that you'll want to start gathering now to be eligible.
The requirements are specific, but they're not difficult. First, as mentioned above, the applicant must be a high school senior. Additonally, the applicant should provide academic information (GPAs under 3.0 will not be considered), test scores and a list of extracurricular activities. They'll also need to provide a list of past and present rifle or pistol competition history, awards, involvements and future expectations for the sport. Proof of participation, including match bulletins, photos or CMP Competition Tracker printouts (for example), need to be presented in order to be considered for the scholarship; applications without this, the CMP clarifies, will be discarded. Finally, an official transcript must be provided, along with a letter explaining why the applicant is applying and what future plans the money will fund. A nomination/recommendation letter from a coach or instructor is also required.
The CMP takes great care to personally read each application, so all mandatory information (including forms and other necessary materials) must be sent to the CMP in its entirety. Scholarships may be used to pursue post-secondary education or vocational programs for the upcoming school year.