NSSF Announces Student Scholarship Winners From Voting Member Companies
NEWTOWN, Conn –-(AmmoLand.com)- Twenty students have each earned $1,000 scholarships for their winning essays in the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Voting Members Scholarship Program.
“NSSF takes great pride in awarding scholarships to these twenty young adults for their well-written essays on topics of importance to hunting, the shooting sports and the firearms and ammunition industry,” said Bettyjane Swann, NSSF director of member services.
“While these students came out on top this time, NSSF extends its appreciation to all who entered the contest and applauds their knowledge of the shooting sports.”
The program invited students attending college or vocational schools during the 2010-2011 school year who are current employees or family members from NSSF voting member to enter their works. Over 50 students submitted essays that were judged anonymously by an NSSF panel. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
NSSF will award $1,000 scholarships to:
- * Tyson Lee, Leopold & Stevens
- * Cassandra Shawer, Sig Sauer
- * Taryn Rose, ATK
- * Meredith Fallon, ATK
- * Matthew Buckhalter, St. Mark Powder
- * Kelly Kennedy, ATK
- * Chelsea Howe, Olin-Winchester
- * Michelle Sikora, Beretta USA
- * Samuel Ellison, Leopold & Stevens
- * Jessa Stevenson, ATK
- * Samantha Wattles, Winchester
- * Kirstie Siercks, Sierra Bullets
- * Christine Adkins, ATK
- * Joshua Miller, ATK
- * Edward Pluhar III, Olin-Winchester
- * Kellie Skeates, ATK
- * Jeremy Kennington, ATK
- * Grace Ramey, Beretta USA
- * Trina Pantuso, Freedom Arms
- * Sarah Butler, O.F. Mossberg
Essays were required to be 350 words or less and written on one of four topics concerning hunting and the shooting sports: the importance of the Pittman-Robertson Act's funding of conservation; the evolution of today's modern sporting rifle; the history and importance of firearms in today's society; and shooting as a family activity.
Chelsea Howe chose to write about being initiated into the family hunt. “On this particular day, the family was not on a mission to take down the storied trophy buck. It was time to christen the newest family member in the proper etiquette of what is known as the ‘Howe Family Shoot.' This was my first chance to participate in this family event that dates back to the early 1960s. I was lucky enough that the young men of the house were about to initiate me into a family ritual that historically may have been considered a boy's- or men's-only event.”
Trina Pantuso explained the importance of the Pittman-Robertson Act, which adds an excise tax to the purchase of each new firearm and box of ammunition for the benefit of wildlife conservation. “There's a delicate balance between the hunters and the hunted. As we have learned, when the balance is tipped too much to one side, the effects can be drastic. Preserving that delicate balance is part of the reason why the Pittman-Robertson Act was created.”
Said Swann, “Voting members have made a substantial financial commitment to their industry's trade association, and this is one way that NSSF wishes to reward that support.”
Learn more about NSSF voting memberships at www.nssf.org.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of nearly 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.