NRA Scholarships Help Young Women Blaze Trails in Conservation

2018 NRA Women’s Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship Recipient Emily Tripp

U.S.A.  –-( The National Rifle Association’s Women’s Policies Committee has established the Women’s Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship, which is administered by The NRA Foundation!

This scholarship, made possible through donations from the women of the NRA, is a renewable, one-year $5,000 scholarship available to college juniors and seniors majoring in wildlife management or conservation.

The 2018 recipient of the scholarship, Emily Tripp, is entering her senior year at Maine’s Unity College. Emily recently checked in with NRA to explain how receiving the scholarship made not only a positive impact on her education and professional ambitions, but helped her give back to her community and environment by promoting conservation efforts, educating the public and outreach to youth about wildlife and outdoor opportunities.

I wanted to give you an update about how much has happened since I was awarded the NRA Women's Wildlife Management and Conservation Scholarship. My summer is ending shortly and I will be headed back to Unity College the end of August, [where] I will be going into my senior year. I have worked as a Deputy Game Warden for the Maine Warden Service this summer in Southern Maine. My district has been Sebago Lake, the second biggest lake in the state of Maine. I'm the only Deputy assigned to the lake. I patrol in a 22-foot Boston Whaler with a 250 [horsepower] Yamaha. The lake can get quite dangerous and reach nearly 400 [feet] deep. 

So far I have caught people for fishing without a fishing license, criminal trespass, [watercraft] operating at greater than headway speed, and many other safety regulation [violations]. I also have helped educate the public and kids about boating safety and responsible wildlife management. I have been able to help people understand why our fishing laws help us manage our fish populations.

I volunteered at a camp called Camp Postcard where kids who have had traumatic experiences spend time with law enforcement officers from all over the state. I've wrangled many animals including turkeys, groundhogs and bats. I spent time training at the gun range and will soon do water survival training at a local pool. I've had the privilege of working with many Game Wardens and other officers across many agencies. I look forward to applying for a full-time position as soon as the opportunity arises.   

There are so many things I have done this summer, it’s hard to try and sum it up in a couple of sentences. I can confidently say that this summer has been challenging, but has only helped me get closer to my goal of becoming a full-time Maine Game Warden. 

The 2019 Women’s Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship application is now open! The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2018, and the NRA Women’s Policy Committee makes the award decision in January. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university in full-time status in either their junior or senior year, majoring in wildlife management or conservation, and must possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0. To submit your application, click here.

Contributions in support of this incredible scholarship are welcome, and can be made by mail to:

The NRA Foundation
C/O Ruthann Sprague
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

  • 8 thoughts on “NRA Scholarships Help Young Women Blaze Trails in Conservation

    1. other Jim: Congratulations on the most misogynistic comment I have seen in quite some time. I applaud Ms. Tripp for her dedication and the NRA for awarding her this scholarship.

      1. @Atree and Doug, no hatred. You label me like a leftist would (misogynistic, macismo) instead of sticking to the facts that can be the difference of life and death.
        I’ve seen it before and death caused by the unqualified, weak, small, needs help and when there is no one qualified there (a big strong woman or man) then someone dies.
        What’s your ulterior motive?

    2. She looks like a runt and a weakling. Can she lift a 200 pound drowning man or woman out of the water onto her boat? If there is a forest fire could she drag or carry a 200-250 pound human 200-300 feet to safety?
      The NRA women who sponsored her for this job and the scholarship should do a better job and make sure the woman they pick are like Rice’s wife….6’2″ (6’5″ in 3 inch heels) , strong, big boned, tough, rugged, etc.
      Seems like a Left Wing fairy-tale agenda picking a weak runt like this little girl and making pretend she can handle a riot. Picking a weak runt who may be able to write tickets as this girl will undoubtedly cause lives to be lost .

      1. Other Jim. You can’t possibly know what this woman can or can’t do from this picture. So, keep your uninformed machismo to yourself or don’t say anything. Do you actually live in society?

    3. Do some research. A lot of ‘Federal” land parks etc. are being sold to ‘foreign’ Governments.And Pres TR would be quite pleased with the NRA. Every bit helps and good for the young lady.

      1. @Ron, I have not heard of a Federal land park. I have not heard of any federal land being sold to foreign governments. Maybe you could expound and point us in the right direction.

    4. Apparently, the NRA’s support for conservation doesn’t extend to wildlife refuges on federal lands as it supports multiple far right politicians who want federal lands turned over to the states for disposition and eventual privatization. Which will take away the egalitarian nature of american hunting as hunters are forced to pay private land owners for the right to hunt. Theodore Rossevelt is NOT impressed NRA.

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