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Scholarships, Awards & Contests

The NRA and its affiliated charities, The NRA Foundation and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, are proud to recognize and reward outstanding members for their involvement with the shooting sports in their community, dedication to the promotion of the Second Amendment, and exemplified leadership through public service. The NRA family has made available Awards, Contests and Scholarships for youth, women, law enforcement and NRA affiliated clubs and associations.

Learn more about these opportunities and how to apply or nominate someone you know!

$50,000+ in Scholarships

The NRA family awards deserving students through various scholarships each year.

Awards for Excellence

The NRA proudly recognizes individuals and clubs who go above and beyond in support with a variety of annual awards.

$5,000+ Won in Contests

Participants in NRA contests have the opportunity to win cash prizes.

The NRA Honors Your Accomplishments

From awards and contests, to scholarships for college, there’s an NRA program to honor and support exceptional member, young shooters and supporters of the Second Amendment.


The NRA family offers a variety of scholarships to help pay for the college education of young adults with an interest in shooting, hunting and the Second Amendment. Learn more about each scholarship program here.


The NRA proudly recognizes those who have demonstrated dedication to the Second Amendment, positively impacted the shooting sports, advanced the goals of the NRA, and exemplified leadership through public service. See detailed information about each award here.


The NRA family sponsors annual contests for kids and young adults to nurture their interest in hunting, wildlife conservation, shooting and the Second Amendment. Find out more about NRA youth contests here.


Don't Miss These Opportunities

Explore the featured opportunities below.

The NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells recognizes juniors and young adults who take an active part in the shooting sports through individual participation and educational pursuits.

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest is a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12, celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester (up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years).

Scholarships, Awards & Contests

The NRA is proud to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of members, young shooters, women, law enforcement and clubs with scholarships, awards and contests.