The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) announces its 2014 SSSF Scholarship Program which will award more than $40,000 in college scholarships to deserving participants of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP). The application period is now open to qualifying student athletes.
The scholarships are being funded by sponsors who support the youth shooting programs, as well as supporters who raise funds through national banquets.
For the SCTP scholarships, Beretta USA has donated $10,000 to provide 10 scholarships of $1,000 each, and the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association (NSSA-NSCA) have contributed another $10,000 for 10 scholarships. Other sources, including SCTP National Fundraising Banquets, will provide at least $10,000 more.
SPP will offer $11,000 in its scholarship program's first year. Smith & Wesson has donated $10,000 to fund 10 scholarships of $1000 each, and HiViz Sighting Systems has added another $1000 scholarship.
In 2013, SSSF awarded 35 $1000 scholarships to SCTP student athletes, funded by a $10,000 donation from NSSA-NSCA and $25,000 in banquet proceeds.
SCTP and SPP student athletes who will graduate from high school in 2014 and enroll in college this year are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Awards will be based on SCTP/SPP participation, academics, need, and other factors.
To apply, students will submit an application, accompanied by an essay and a high school transcript. They may download the application from the SSSF website.