NSSF Invites Employees of Patron Member Companies to Apply for $50,000 in Education Scholarships
May 15, 2023
Patron Member Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Employees of companies that support NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, at the highest level may apply for education aid through the NSSF Patron Member Scholarship Program. NSSF has made a total of $50,000 in scholarship funding available for a maximum of 20 winning entries.

NSSF is accepting applications in the Patron Member Scholarship Program through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 19, 2023.

Scholarships are available only to employees and their family members of Patron Member companies of NSSF. (For specific eligibility, refer to the official guidelines.) The scholarship program is one of many benefits that Patron Member companies receive from NSSF.

Applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted and plan to attend, a college, university or vocational school during the fall 2023 school year. Scholarships are limited to candidates seeking an undergraduate or vocational degree only. The complete rules, applications and scholarship posters are available on this Scholarship Program webpage. NSSF urges applicants to read the rules thoroughly before applying.

The NSSF Patron Member Scholarship requires an essay on one of the following topics:

  • How would you retain, expand and diversify participation in hunting and target shooting among minorities and non-traditional demographic groups?
  • What makes a good mentor and how could mentors impact responsible shooting and hunting participation?
  • Does gun safety require new laws (aka, “Gun Control”)? Explain and defend your position.

Submitted essays must be in English, typed, double-spaced and single-sided, on 8.5 by 11-inch paper in 11- or 12-point Times New Roman font, Microsoft Word format and not exceed two pages (not including bibliography). No PDF essays will be accepted; however, the application itself may be submitted in PDF format.

Twenty applicants with the highest overall scores will be selected as scholarship prizewinners. The applicant with the highest scored essay will earn the grand prize $8,000 scholarship. One first-place prizewinner with the second-highest scored essay will receive a scholarship of $5,000. One second-place prizewinner with the third-highest scored essay will receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining 17 runner-up prizewinners will each receive a scholarship of $2,000. NSSF will notify the winners by email and then list the recipients on its website after their acceptance.

For more information about the NSSF Patron Member Scholarship Program, please contact Samantha Hill, NSSF's Director, Member Services, at shill@nssf.org or Tammy McIntyre, Manager, Member Services tmcintyre@nssf.org.