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February 14, 2022

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

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Employees of companies that support the National Shooting Sports Foundation® 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 this year for a maximum of 25 winning entries.

NSSF is accepting applications in the Patron Member Scholarship Program through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28, 2022.

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 a number of benefits that Patron Member companies receive from NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association.

Applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted and plan to attend, a college, university or vocational school during the fall 2022 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:

  • Discuss how being a target shooter or hunter has positively influenced your life and taught you about responsibility, firearm safety, conservation and other important values.
  • Discuss why it is important for the firearm industry – including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and shooting ranges – to be represented by a trade association like NSSF and have a voice of protection and advocacy.
  • In the last two years the number of women involved in hunting and the shooting sports has increased dramatically. What are some ways that the gun-owing community, firearm retailers and shooting ranges/clubs, and various gun rights organizations can help welcome these new participants?

Submitted essays must be in English, typed, double-spaced and single-sided, on 8.5 by 11-inch format 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-five applicants with the highest overall scores will be selected as scholarship prize winners. The applicant with the highest scored essay will earn the grand prize $8,000 scholarship. One first-place prize winner with the second-highest scored essay will receive a scholarship of $5,000. One second-place prize winner with the third-highest scored essay will receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining 22 runner-up prize winners will each receive a scholarship of $1,500. NSSF will notify the winners by email by 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 Manager, Member Services, at


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit


NSSF contact:
Samantha Hill
203-426-1320 ext. 262

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