The NRA Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to attendees of last summer’s 2014 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship program. An additional $15,000 was awarded at the conclusion of last year's program (for a total of $30,000), and we're on track to do it again this year in just a few days.
Y.E.S. is a seven-day educational experience that takes place in and around Washington, D.C. It's designed for high-school students who are rising juniors and seniors. Last year, the 2014 participants had the chance to compete for the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship for financial aid, which is paid directly to the accredited college or technical school of the students' choice. Over a period of nine months, students competing for the scholarship had to introduce NRA programs into their communities, and create a portfolio documenting the experience. Recipients of the 2014 Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship performed a number of activities to promote firearm safety and raise money for shooting sports programs, including hosting Eddie Eagle GunSafe classes at local elementary schools and children’s programs, joining a Friends of NRA committee, and establishing a 4-H shooting club.
“The Youth Education Summit has awarded more than $460,000 in college scholarships over its 20-year history,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations Kyle Weaver. “We are proud to assist the next generation of competitive shooters, hunters, and firearms enthusiasts pursue their dreams through higher education.”
This summer’s 2015 Y.E.S. will bring another group of talented students, and we’re eager to meet them and share their experiences with you!
2014 Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship:
$3,500 – Bradley Petras, Slidell, Louisiana
$3,500 – Lydia Macfarlan, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
$2,000 – Emma McCormick, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
$2,000 – Kiara Parks, Amelia, Ohio
$1,000 – Grace Jahn, Alpine, Texas
$1,000 – Cybil Kallevig, Kandiyohi, Minnesota
$1,000 – Maggie Root, Santa Clara, Utah
$500 – Ian Quimby, Idleyld Park, Oregon
$500 – Victoria Hrach, Smithton, Pennsylvania
Honorable Mention – Emma Hales, Colfax, California
Funding for Y.E.S. and the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship is provided by The NRA Foundation. Visit www.friendsofnra.org/yes for more information.