This week, forty-seven high school students from around the United States are attending the 2013 National Rifle Association Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day, competitive college scholarship program held in Washington, DC.

Summit participants will tour memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Students who excel in the week’s debate and speech activities will be awarded up to $15,000 in college scholarships. An additional $15,000 in scholarships are available after the summit for Y.E.S. students who create a portfolio detailing the promotion of NRA programs, such as Eddie Eagle GunSafe® or Refuse To Be A Victim, in their community.

The 2013 Y.E.S. class was selected from hundreds of qualified applicants. Each prospective attendee completed an extensive application process comprised of essays about the Second Amendment, school transcripts and personal recommendations.

Y.E.S. was launched in 1996 by the National Rifle Association to encourage America’s youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at the national and local levels. Funding for Y.E.S. is provided by The NRA Foundation through monies raised by grassroots fundraising program Friends of NRA.

Logo courtesy National Rifle Association

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