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NASP® Student Archers Shoot for the Green!
- Posted Jul 31, 2015 12:54 PM
Press Release
NASP® Student Archers Shoot for the Green!
July 31, 2015
By: Brittany J Jones

Try on these shoes: Imagine you are shooting five arrows for $20,000.
You aren’t an adult professional archer, but a high school student.
Nearly 3,000 friends, family, and strangers are looking on. Some are
rooting for you and some are for the archer standing five feet to your left
or right. This is the scenario faced by the top five boys and top five girls each
year, during the awards ceremony at the NASP® National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.


For more than 10 years, NASP® has been affording student
archers opportunity to pay for post high school, college, university, or
trade school education expenses. Scholarship winners are
determined during the awards ceremony as the top 5 boys and top 5
girls each shoot another 5 arrows for score, at 15 meters. These ten
archers were chosen from among the 12,045 participants at the 2015
NASP® Nationals. After the 2015 shoot-off, each boy and girl in 1st
place was awarded $20,000 in cash scholarship, the 2nd place pair
each received $15,000, 3rd place earned $10,000, 4th place $5,000,
and the 5th place boy and girl were awarded $2,500. This amounted
to a total of $105,000 in cash scholarships awarded to ten archers.
By the way, these aren’t scholarships contingent on going to specific,
pre-selected institutions. The student chooses the college and
NASP® sends the scholarship check.


In addition to scholarships awarded at NASP® Nationals,
another 15 states and provinces awarded cash scholarships at their
respective state and provincial NASP® championships this year.
NASP® provided up to $5,000 in matching dollars to 13 of these 15
jurisdictions. In total, $244,000 in cash scholarships were awarded to
NASP® student archers this year.


Bradley Long, a junior who attends Madison Central High in
Richmond, KY, was the grateful recipient of a $20,000 scholarship,
the highest scholarship given at the 2015 NASP tournament.
“Mom, I was thinking during the shoot off, that if I could just win it, you
wouldn’t have to worry about college expenses,” says Long.
Other winners in the male category were; Christian Blair -- $15,000
David Machart - $10,000 Michael Downs - $5,000 and Miles Wilson
received $2500.


In the female category, Sydney Vivian earned first place. When
asked how she felt about shooting the $20,000 arrows, she replied, “ I
knew I had won as I walked to the target and saw my arrow. As I
walked back, Coach Jellison had the biggest smile on his face I had
ever seen. It was great, and I will never forget it.” Another $15,000
went to Marissa Phillips, $10,000 to Michelle Boyken, $5,000 to
Sarah Shipley, and Sophie Klienman earned $2,500.


More money! The NASP/ IBO 3D Challenge awarded $24,500
in scholarships at the NASP® Nationals as well. One interesting twist
among the “challenge” scholarships was that each team member of
the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams (36 total students) received
scholarships. These organizations contributed to the “3D Challenge”
scholarships: Whitetails Unlimited, Quality Deer Management
Association, Rinehart Targets, U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, and the
National Wild Turkey Federation.


Kids from all over the United States are excelling and enjoying
the sport of archery. Thanks to NASP®, their post-high school
education plans are aided by doing the very thing they love.
Many organizations contribute to the non-profit NASP® to build
the scholarship fund. Certain companies help NASP® throughout the
year but also contribute dollars directed specifically to the scholarship
program. These include; Matthews Archery, Gordon Composites,
Plano Molding, Morrell Targets, Saunders Archery, Field Logic, New
Archery Products, BCY, Lancaster Archery, and NEET.


At NASP®’s June 26, 2015 board meeting NASP® directors
agreed to increase the scholarship program again in 2016. At
NASP® Nationals next year, a team category will be added to bring
total scholarship cash to $159,000. Additionally, NASP® will offer to
match up to $10,000 per NASP® state or province. These increases
will move NASP® towards its eventual goal of awarding $1,000,000
in annual scholarships.


NASP® has long been known for building confidence, teaching
sportsmanship and team-work, providing a new cherished hobby, and
finally education. According to Sydney Vivian, the top female shooter,
“When I was in fourth grade, picking up a bow is something I never
imagined I would do. Archery is fun to me because of my team and
coaches. The challenge makes me a better archer.” Back to News →