BY ASHLEY BRUGNONE, CMP STAFF WRITER
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is set to reward deserving student-athletes for the 2021-2022 school year in their future endeavors through the annual CMP Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship, with an increased monetary amount now offered to recipients.
Since the program’s beginning in 2005, the CMP has annually offered $1,000 one-year scholarships to current high school seniors, based on merit and rifle and/or pistol marksmanship participation. The CMP has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships through the years to thousands of outstanding youth marksmanship competitors.
Along with the $150,000 of awarded scholarships set for the 2021-2022 school year, the CMP will present a $5,000 scholarship to the top graduating senior who best embodies the well-rounded values of Dr. Hines.
In 2020, the Garand Collectors Association (GCA) generously donated an additional $10,000 to the CMP to use toward qualifying applicants to the CMP Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship. The GCA again enhanced the scholarship program for 2021, tripling its donation to $30,000, which will provide $3000 scholarships to the top 15 applicants, as determined by the CMP Scholarship Committee headed by retired Army Lt. General Joe Inge.
The CMP is dedicated to its commitment to youth marksmanship and safety programs..
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 includes match bulletins, photos or CMP Competition Tracker printouts (from the applicant; CMP will not look up Tracker info), must be presented in order to be considered for the scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Those interested must also provide academic information, such as GPA (3.0 or above – anything below 3.0 will not be accepted), 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.
Incomplete applications will not be considered, so check that all required information is sent. Applicants may call a few weeks after their application is sent in order to confirm all required info is met.
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. Staff members are eager to recognize praiseworthy student-athletes for their hard work, so take extra precaution in sending all application requirements.
The deadline for application submission is March 20. Scholarships may be used to pursue post-secondary education or vocational programs for the upcoming school year.
Application forms and other scholarship information can be found by visiting thecmp.org/youth/cmp-scholarship-program/. For specific questions, please contact Kathy Williams at 419-635-2141, ext. 709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.