Sixteen-year-old Lila Ferguson, a junior at Umpqua Valley Christian High School in Dixonville, will be going to Washington, D.C. after she was recently selected to attend the NRA’s National Youth Education Summit and recieved a $1,000 scholarship.
Ferguson will spend a week in the nation’s capital, learning about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the summit, which begins in July.
Ferguson was required to complete an extensive application which included the submission of transcripts, an essay about the Second Amendment, a personal statement, and three personal recommendations.
She was awarded the scholarship at a dinner at True Kitchen and Bar in Roseburg on March 29.
Ferguson will have the opportunity to compete for up to $15,000 in college scholarships, which will be distributed at an awards banquet on the last evening of the summit, and can also apply later for the Grand Scholarship, which awards up to $25,000 in college scholarships and requires another in-depth application.
The $1,000 scholarship Ferguson already recieved may be used for any expenses at a college of her choice.
She was also won the $1,000 scholarship in 2017, but she was unable to attend the summit in Washington, D.C. because she was representing the state of Oregon at the Youth Hunter Education Challenge national competition in Raton, New Mexico.