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The following is a press release from the Civilian Marksmanship Program

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is proud to again award exemplary student-athletes in their future endeavors through its annual scholarship program for the 2016-2017 school year. The CMP offers $1,000 one-year scholarships based on merit and rifle or pistol marksmanship participation to current high school seniors.

Last year, the CMP received 256 scholarships – setting another record as the most ever in the scholarship’s history. After careful consideration, 173 were awarded for a total of $173,000 from the CMP Scholarship fund. Recipients hailed from JROTC schools, 4-H groups and other shooting clubs. Since 2005, CMP has awarded over $1 million in scholarship prizes.

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TO BE CONSIDERED, applicants must turn in a list of past and present rifle or pistol competition history, awards, involvements and future expectations for the sport. Proof of participation, including match bulletins, photos or CMP Competition Tracker printouts (for example), MUST be presented in order to be considered for the scholarship. Applications without this will be discarded.

Those interested must also provide academic information such as GPA, test scores and a list of extracurricular activities. Additionally, an official transcript must be provided, along with a letter explaining why the applicant is applying and what future plans the money will fund. A nomination/recommendation letter from a coach or instructor is also required.

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Incomplete applications will not be considered, so please check that all required information is sent. Because the CMP takes great care in personally reading each application, all mandatory information (including forms and other necessary materials) must be sent to the CMP in its entirety. We are eager to recognize praiseworthy student-athletes for their hard work – so please take extra precaution in sending all application requirements.

The deadline for application submission is March 20, 2016. Scholarships may be used to pursue post-secondary education or vocational programs for the upcoming school year.

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The CMP is dedicated to its commitment to youth programs and furthering the education of the successful young adults involved within them. Through these scholarships, the CMP is able to uphold one its missions of awarding those who present exceptional talent, motivation and determination within the field of marksmanship.

Application forms and other scholarship information can be found by visiting For specific questions, please contact Kathy Williams at 419-635-2141, ext. 709 or email [email protected]

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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