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NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells

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. 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. Once a participant meets the requirements, he or she will receive the official NRA Youth Award certificate and medal recognizing the accomplishment and will also be eligible for our National prizes. Thanks to Brownell's contribution, our national award winners will receive:

Blue Icon of 1st Place $5,000 Award
Blue Icon of 2nd Place $3,000 Award
Blue Icon of 3rd Place $2,000 Award

Download the Application Form

Interested in applying for the NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells?

Download the PDF form here

Core Requirements (All Six Are Required)

Eligible through the year of your 21st birthday.
Attend and complete one NRA Basic Firearm Training Course.
Participate in the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Presented by Winchester by earning a rating in one discipline.
Write an essay of no more than 1,000 words; the subject of the essay is "What the Shooting Sports has Taught Me," describing why you began to participate in the shooting sports, the lessons learned and how you use these lessons in your everyday life.
Provide three letters of reference, including one from your coach, and one from a teacher.
Include a copy of your current school transcript.

Elective Requirements (You Must Complete A Minimum Of Five)

Earn an NRA Classification Card by competing in an NRA-sanctioned competitive shooting event.
Present the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to a group of elementary school-age children between pre-Kindergarten and third grade.
Attend and complete an additional NRA Basic Firearm Training Course.
Earn an additional rating in the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.
Compete in an NRA-sanctioned Sectional, Regional, or State Championship.
Participate in an NRA Postal Match.
Attend or volunteer at an NRA Shooting Sports Camp.
Attend or volunteer at a Friends of NRA event.
Attend the NRA Annual Meeting.
Attend an NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge event.
Enter a submission for the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
Be a current member of a local shooting club or team.
Participate in a summer camp shooting program.
Assist in a wildlife conservation, ECHO, or Hunters for the Hungry program.
Complete a state-sponsored hunter education course.
Participate in a shooting or hunting clinic.
Participate or serve as a volunteer at an NRA national shooting sports event.
Participate in a Boy Scout, Venturing, Law Enforcement Explorer, 4-H, FFA, DeMolay, American Legion, Jaycee, JROTC, or other recognized youth shooting program.
Visit the National Firearms Museum or another museum which features firearm displays.

Past Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

The names of all previous recipients of the NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells are listed here by year.

Year Recipients
2018 Danielle Makucevich
2017 Tatton Allsup
2016 Trevor Goin
2015 Bailey Urbach
2014 Jenna Fees
2013 Allie Taschuk
2012 Corey Spruill
2011 Benjamin Zimmerer
2010 Nathan Switzer
2009 Collin Wietfeldt
2008 Jeff Bue
2007 Juliann Terry
2006 Johnathan W. Zimmerer
2005 Seth Williamson
2004 Thomas James Czarnecki
2003 Rachel Glenn
2002 Zachary Hudson
2001 Robin Maly

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For any additional questions, contact the NRA Youth Programs Department at (703) 267-1505 or email

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