The application process for scholarships varies from organization to organization.
No matter how far along you are in high school, you’ve probably been told by at least one person that your high school years will fly by quickly, and that senior year will go by even faster. Whether you are excited or nervous to get out on your own, planning out what to do after you throw that graduation cap can sometimes be overwhelming. Fortunately, the shooting sports are growing in popularity at the collegiate level and can be a familiar part of your life that will stay with you during this transition. Even better, shooting may be able to help pay for your education. As colleges expand and add shooting programs, the amount of money available for exceptional shooters is also increasing.
One great aspect of these shooting scholarships is that your skill and dedication can be accommodated. At many schools there are both competition teams and shooting clubs. Top shooters can receive skill-based scholarships for competing for the school. These scholarships will generally award you with a certain amount of money every semester, or they may even cover a certain percentage of your school tuition each year that you attend the college. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these scholarships often come with conditions. The first is academics; after being accepted into the school and onto the team, you must also maintain a certain grade point average (GPA). If your GPA falls below this set number, you may be suspended from competition, practice, and potentially lose your scholarship. Another condition for keeping a scholarship is your performance and effort on the team. Coaches need to see your best effort in practice as well as competitions, and any personal scores and team standing will reflect the time you put in.
Some colleges may also have shooting clubs that do not require as much commitment but still allow you to enjoy the sport that you love. There are many outside organizations that could reward your desire to continue shooting in one of these school clubs or even at your own range if you choose to attend a vocational school or other college with no shooting program. Most organizations that offer scholarships for high-school shooters want to see that they are invested not only in their own shooting, but in bringing others into the sport as well. College shooting clubs offer a great opportunity for encouraging friends to come try their hand at shooting sports, especially if you complete the NRA Coach Education Program in order to help beginners.