Brownells/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award
The Brownells/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes juniors and young adults who take an active part in the shooting sports through individual participation and educational pursuits. By meeting the requirements to be eligible for the award, youth gain a greater sense of responsibility and an appreciation for the variety of shooting sports opportunities available.


All shooting sports enthusiasts through the year of their 21st birthday are eligible to receive the award once they have completed six core requirements and at least five elective requirements.

Core Requirements (All six required)

  1. Eligible through the year of your 21st birthday.
  2. Attend and complete one NRA Basic Firearm Training Course.
  3. Participate in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program by earning a rating in one discipline.
  4. Attach an essay of no more than 1,000 words; the subject of the essay is "What the Shooting Sports has Taught Me," describing why you began to participate in the shooting sports, the lessons learned and how you use these lessons in your everyday life.
  5. Three letters of reference, including one from your coach, and one from a teacher.
  6. A copy of your current school transcript.

Elective Requirements (you must complete a minimum of five)


Once a participant meets the requirements, he or she will receive the official NRA Youth Award Certificate and Medal recognizing the accomplishment and will also be eligible for our National prizes. Thanks to Brownell's contribution, our National award winners will receive:

1st place - $5,000

2nd place - $3,000

3rd place - $2,000

Click here to download an application form. For any additional questions, contact the NRA Youth Programs Department at (703) 267-1505 or email

Past Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients: