Fairfax, VA — The National Rifle Association is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors across the country for the National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) from June 25 – July 1, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Forty-five outstanding students are chosen each year to travel to the nation’s capital for a seven day, all expense paid educational experience. The summit encourages young adults to become well-rounded citizens by learning about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, how the federal government works and the importance of being active in civic affairs.
Activities on this year’s schedule include:
- Meeting national leaders from Capitol Hill and around Washington, DC
- Guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum
- Informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, DC
- Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation
“I would recommend this trip for anyone interested in learning what it means to be an American,” said past participant Amanda Krpan. “You don’t have to be experienced with firearms to enjoy the week – there’s more going on then you can image. It will exceed your expectations just like it did mine!”
In addition to the week in Washington DC, 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 $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, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Interested students should have their application post-marked no later than February 1, 2012.
For additional information on the 2012 Youth Education Summit and how to apply, please visit www.friendsofnra.org/yes, or call 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1342.