FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association has announced students selected to attend its 2014 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day, expense-paid educational experience in Washington, D.C., held June 23-29.
Y.E.S. takes students to 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. Scheduled stops include the Capitol Building, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, the National Archives, the Newseum and a safe introduction to shooting sports at NRA Headquarters.
The summit awards $15,000 in college scholarships to students who excel in the week’s activities, which provide the chance to develop leadership skills, public speaking and debating skills. After Y.E.S., an additional $15,000 in scholarships is offered through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship, which encourages attendees to create a portfolio detailing the promotion of NRA programs, like Eddie Eagle GunSafe or Refuse To Be A Victim, in their communities.
Y.E.S. is open to any high school sophomore or junior with at least a 3.00 grade point average. This year’s class was selected from hundreds of qualified applicants. Each prospective participant completed an extensive application process comprised of essays about the Second Amendment, personal statements, transcripts and three personal recommendations.
The National Rifle Association launched the Youth Education Summit in 1996 to encourage America’s youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at both the national and local levels. Funding for Y.E.S. is provided through the NRA Foundation from funds raised by Friends of NRA, a grassroots fund-raising program in support of the shooting sports.
Local participants include Sam Fredericksen of Highland.