Gun Laws & Legislation

National Rifle Association Youth Education Summit & Scholarship

Mike Piccione Editor, Guns & Gear
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Forty-five outstanding current high school sophomores and juniors from across the United States are chosen each year to travel to the nation’s capital, where they participate in the week-long educational opportunity. The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.  The 2012 summit will take place Monday, June 25 – Sunday, July 1.

Activities on the schedule include:

  • Guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum
  • Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation
  • Informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, D.C.
  • Meeting national leaders from Capitol Hill and around Washington, D.C.

In addition to the week in Washington D.C., Y.E.S. participants compete for $30,000 in college scholarships. The first round of awards totals $10,000 and is given at the conclusion of the Y.E.S. program. A second round of scholarships is comprised of $20,000 and involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through the Y.E.S. program.

Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 630 students have graduated from Y.E.S. and over $340,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Entry into the program requires submission of a completed application form, high school transcript, three-page essay on the Second Amendment, one-page personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Interested students should have their application post-marked no later than February 1, 2012.

To apply online click here 

For additional information on the 2012 Youth Education Summit please call 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1342 or email