CMP Scholarship Program
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is proud to provide this scholarship program for deserving high school seniors who excel in marksmanship! The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) offers $1,000, one-year scholarship assistance to qualified junior marksmen in order to encourage and reward their outstanding efforts.
New in 2023, the CMP will present not just one, but FOUR $5,000 scholarships that will be renewable for 4 years (Total value of each scholarship awarded: $20,000). The “Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship” will be awarded to the top graduating senior who best exemplifies Dr. Hines’ ideals. Three additional scholarships will be awarded to top seniors to commemorate the retirement of longtime CMP Board members Judith Legerski, Jon Bengston and Harry Sieben, who were all devoted to sustaining youth activities. The overall applicants will be determined by members of the CMP Scholarship Committee.
The remaining CMP Scholarships are one-year awards that may be used to fund any accredited secondary education, technical/trade school or vocational program. CMP Scholarships may also be used to pursue a post-secondary education during the upcoming school year.
The Scholarship Program will also award CMP Local Scholarships in the Anniston, Alabama, Talladega, Alabama, and Port Clinton, Ohio, areas. Seniors are encouraged to apply and no marksmanship experience is required to apply for the CMP local scholarships.
The scholarships are paid to the scholarship recipient but must be countersigned by the financial aid offices of the college where the student is enrolled. The check may then be used to pay other fees or expenses that are not covered by other awards or grants.
The CMP seeks applications from high school seniors who currently compete in marksmanship competitions. Based on merit, selected individuals are high school seniors who are currently enrolled in a team or club that is participating in marksmanship competitions.
Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?
To be eligible for CMP scholarships, junior shooters must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be of good moral character.
- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Demonstrate acceptance to a university, college or trade school leading to a diploma or trade certification.
- Demonstrate marksmanship competition experience.
Garand Collector’s Association Scholarship Donation
Along with the $1,000 scholarships awarded by the CMP, the Garand Collectors Association (GCA) has generously donated $30,000 to the CMP to be used for additional student-athlete scholarship earnings. The next Top 15 recipients the top individual, determined by CMP staff and board members, will receive an extra $2,000 toward their furthered education.
Since its beginnings in 1986, the GCA and its members have worked diligently to expand knowledge on the M1 Garand, preserve its history and to encourage and assist others in collecting the historical rifle. The GCA has also worked closely with the CMP since 2000 on sorting/grading M1 Garand rifles and encouraging competitive and recreational firearm safety.
Apply for the 2023 CMP Scholarships
A complete application must contain all required documentation. In addition to the completed application form, please include:
- A certified copy of the applicant’s high school transcript
- Letter of Nomination/Recommendation from the Coach, Instructor or Adult Leader
- A letter from the applicant including the reasons for applying and how the scholarship will help in pursuit of the applicant’s goals
- Additional Documentation of proof of marksmanship activity
Your scholarship application must be completed by March 31, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The CMP would like to extend our Congratulations to the Class of 2022. We proudly present the 2022 CMP Scholarship Awardees.
Scholarship recipients must respond by returning the confirmation form by July 1 to confirm that they accept the scholarship and to provide contact information for the college, university or vocational school where they will enroll. The scholarship check will be forwarded to the college, university or vocational school.
About Dr. Carolyn Hines: An inspiring woman who accomplished a myriad of incredible achievements in her lifetime, Dr. Carolyn Hines spent over 20 years as a dedicated member of the CMP Board of Directors – actively involved in many measures to encourage youth opportunities but none so passionate as her leadership in the Scholarship Committee. During her commitment to the program, she was instrumental in developing a financial allocation that reached $160,000 towards marksmanship junior athletes. Dr. Hines passed in December 2019, leaving a legacy that will live on through those who will use her Memorial Scholarship to create limitless possibilities for future generations.