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The NRA is proud to recognize the contributions of those who have demonstrated dedication to the promotion of the Second Amendment, significantly impacted the preservation of the shooting sports, advanced the purposes and goals of the NRA and exemplified leadership through public service. Each year, women, youth, clubs, law enforcement officers and NRA Foundation volunteers are awarded for their efforts in pursuit of these principles. Learn more about the eligibility, nomination or application procedures, deadlines and prizes associated with each award below.

NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award

The NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes juniors and young adults who take an active part in the shooting sports through individual participation and educational pursuits. By meeting the requirements to be eligible for the award, youth gain a greater sense of responsibility and an appreciation for the variety of shooting sports opportunities available.

Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award

On the night of April 26, 1777, a wounded messenger barely reached the home of New York militia officer Henry Ludington with desperate news of a British attack on nearby Danbury, Connecticut. Colonel Ludington turned to his 16-year-old daughter, Sybil for help. While he organized the local militia, Sybil mounted her horse and galloped through the night to rally troops in the surrounding countryside. Now to honor her accomplishment and the accomplishments of modern heroines, the NRA bestows the prestigious Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award in her name.

Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award

Ms. Marion P. Hammer has influenced many in her fight to preserve Second Amendment freedoms. From her role as lobbyist in the passage of Florida's Right-to-Carry legislation, to her grassroots efforts in educating youth about firearm safety, ownership and responsibility, Ms. Hammer exemplifies activism. To honor her pioneering spirit, the National Rifle Association bestows the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award in her name.

NRA Officer Of The Year Award

NRA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award was established in 1993 and recognizes an exceptional act or service by a law enforcement officer. Nominations are accepted from anyone having knowledge of the nominee's actions.

NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Of The Year

The NRA Law Enforcement Division announces the NRA Law Enforcement Instructor of the Year award given by the Division to acknowledge an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor who has gone above and beyond in their instruction and dedication.

Club Awards

Each year the National Rifle Association recognizes outstanding clubs, state associations, youth clubs and an individual or organization for public service. The Annual Awards program recognizes significant accomplishments achieved in areas of organization, operation and public service rendered.

Gold Medal Clubs

Each year the National Rifle Association recognizes outstanding clubs that have gone above and beyond by striving to meet NRA's goals. Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply or renew your club for the NRA Gold Medal Award! Meeting the Gold Medal standard is a great way to show your pride and support for the Second Amendment.

Friends Of NRA Volunteers Of The Year

The NRA Foundation is pleased to announce their 2015 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year Award winners. These select volunteers have had an outstanding impact for Friends of NRA at the local and regional levels.


More Opportunities

Explore other opportunities that recognize and reward outstanding individuals for their involvement with the shooting sports in their community.

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.

The NRA family offers several scholarships to young adults with an interest in the shooting sports and the Second Amendment. Learn more about each scholarship program here.

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.