NRA Foundation Awards $20,000 in College Scholarships

NRA Foundation Awards $20,000 in College Scholarships

FAIRFAX, VA –-( The NRA Foundation has awarded a total of $20,000 through the 2010 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) Grand Scholarship contest, whose pool of applicants came from 2009 summit attendees.

The scholarships are paid directly to the accredited college or technical school of the student’s choice.

Scholarships awarded include:

  • $6,000 – Alyssa Ferrin, Phoenix, Arizona
  • $5,000 – Ben French, Paradise, Montana
  • $3,000 – Holly Stewart, Nashville, Tennessee
  • $3,000 – Alexis Zobel, Shelbyville, Indiana
  • $1,500 – Stacy Schlotzhauer, New Franklin, Missouri
  • $500 – Korbin Kiblinger, Redmond, Oregon
  • $500 – Justice Locatelli, Corralitos, California
  • $500 – Lisa-Marie Rieckhoff, West Allis, Wisconsin
  • Honorable Mention – Mackenzie DeRuyter, Valleyford, Washington
  • Honorable Mention – Colin Wait, Durango, Colorado

To apply, students must first attend the national Youth Education Summit. After attending, students have eight months to work on a Grand Scholarship application where they develop a portfolio that communicates their experience at Y.E.S. and how it has contributed to their personal growth and introduce an NRA program to their community. Many students talked with local media, volunteered at Friends of NRA events, and started Eddie Eagle GunSafe® programs in their communities. Applications were judged on quality, diversification, and quantity. All of the entries showed impressive characteristics of each individual.

This program is funded through state grants from The NRA Foundation. Much of the money is raised through Friends of NRA, a grassroots-fundraising program utilizing banquets and auctions as a primary means to fundraise.

The Youth Education Summit is a seven-day, expense paid educational experience in Washington, D.C. for rising high school juniors and seniors. While in the nation’s capital, students learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of federal government and the importance of active participation. The National Rifle Association started Y.E.S. in an effort to encourage America’s youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens. The 2010 program takes place on July 12 – 18. For more information, visit or contact Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon at (800) 672-3888 ext. 1342, or by email at [email protected]

Friends of NRA is a grassroots fundraising program designed to generate support for NRA educational programs. Working with NRA field representatives, volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, raffles and door prizes. Since 1993, more than 15,000 Friends of NRA events have been held across the country, raising over $140 million. Half the proceeds are used to support local and state shooting sports programs and the other half is awarded to qualifying national programs. More information about Friends of NRA can be found online at or by calling (800) 672-3888 ext. 1354.

Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context.

More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at or by calling 800-672-4521.