The Association of College Unions International has announced it has formed partnerships with the major shotgun National Governing Bodies (NGB). ACUI will be awarding annual scholarships to the National Junior Champions from the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), the National Sporting Clay Association (NSCA), and USA Shooting (USAS). There are ten $500 scholarships for 2013. ACUI, with the help of the shooting industry, hopes to increase each scholarship to $1,000 per award for the 2014 shooting year.

The ATA scholarship will be awarded to the young man and woman who win the Singles Championship at the AIM Tournament at Sparta, Ill. in July. The NSSA Scholarship will be awarded to the young man and woman who win the Junior, High All Around at the Junior World at National Shooting Complex in July. The NSCA scholarship will be awarded to the young man and woman who win the NSCA National Junior High All Around at the National Shooting Complex in October.

USAS receives two sets of scholarships—one for International Skeet and one for International Trap. The USAS Scholarships are awarded to the young man and woman who win the International Skeet event and International Trap event at the USA Shooting Junior National Championships held at the Olympic Training Center in June. The 2013 USAS scholarship winners are Thomas Bayer (men’s trap), Ashley Carroll (women’s trap), Phillip Jungman (men’s skeet), and Dania Vizza (women’s skeet).

Each scholarship is paid directly to the individual’s college or university and the accepting institution must have or be willing to start a shooting program. In the event the winner of any scholarship is still a high school student, the money will be held by ACUI and then paid when that student graduates high school and attends college.

ACUI has organized the Collegiate Clay Target Championships for 46 years. The Clay Target Collegiate Shotgun Bowl Series was created to provide additional opportunities for competition closer to participating campuses, thereby allowing full team roster participation. To learn more about ACUI or contribute to scholarship accounts, call 4422.ACUI.CT (442.222.8428) or visit http://www.acui.org/claytargets.

For more information, please contact Jake Dawes, recreational and leisure activities coordinator, at 812.245.8058 or jadawes@acui.org or Russ Arnold at 817.690.6194 or rga@ss-consulting.org.

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