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Marksmanship Scholarships

Marksmanship is one of those rare disciplines where you may have more luck looking outside of your college for scholarship funding to land the most generous awards. As rifling grows in popularity, state-wide and local groups looking to promote the sport do as well. While some of these groups can get political on the issue of gun laws, others are more concerned with keeping competitive rifling alive, and only want to know that you have a history in the sport before considering you for an award. If you’re a member of these groups, you’re in even better shape, as some groups require membership in their organization before awarding you a scholarship. To make yourself stand out among these organizations, try out a few competitions. Some want to see that you’ve had a sustained interest in the sport, even if you plan on only pursuing it as a hobby while in college.

Many outside organizations also award scholarships based on criteria outside of your marksmanship abilities. If you’re good at the sport but don’t necessarily want to compete in the sport on the college level, look at scholarships from rifle groups that reward you for other criteria, such as academic achievement or community service. Some groups also consider your financial need before making a determination. Those interested in pursuing marksmanship on the college level, however, should be aware that college-based awards will require a minimum GPA for you to get on a team and receive an award. The NCAA, while usually more competitive than awards doled by outside groups and organizations, also rewards athletes on the postgraduate level.

Check out some examples of where to find marksmanship scholarships below. For additional information about scholarships and awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

NCAA Scholarships

About $1 billion in full and partial athletic scholarships are awarded each year by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to more than 126,000 undergraduate student-athletes at Division I and Division II schools. Although these scholarships are awarded and administered directly by each academic institution, not the NCAA, you’ll be required to meet the requirements of the NCAA to receive any funding. Those requirements include a minimum GPA for both the college-bound and those already on campuses, and qualifying standardized test scores. Contact your intended school’s athletic department for more information if you have the academics and the skill to play on a college team.

College-Based Scholarships

If you plan on rifling in college your intended institution could have funds and endowments set up by alumni who participated in the sport before you ever set foot on that campus or in honor of relatives and important figures to your school. The University of Wisconsin at Madison, for example, offers the Doctor Herbert M. Aitken Scholarship to promote rifling and marksmanship. The amount of each annual award varies, but the scholarship is part of a permanent endowment fund. Make sure you do your research, and talk to your financial aid office and athletic departments about local and college-based awards you could be eligible for.

Scholarships by State

State and local rifle and pistol organizations can be good sources of scholarship money. The Dave Ward Memorial Scholarship, for example, is available through the Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club in Maryland. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the $1,000 award, and you don’t need to be a part of the association to win. Make sure you’re looking locally when applying for scholarship funding to fund your college education and interest in the sport, especially if you already belong to a rifle or pistol club in your community.

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