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Tom Knapp

Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship

Tom Knapp, Champion® Traps & Targets spokesman and friend, passed away in April 2013. To honor his memory and continue his legacy of stewardship, Champion® Traps and Targets has teamed with Federal Premium® Ammunition to create the 2014 Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship.

Honoring a Legacy

Often regarded as the finest ambassador that American shooting sports has ever known, Tom Knapp thrilled crowds around the world with seemingly impossible feats with a shotgun. His combination of shooting skills and stage presence inspired an entire generation of new shooters. To honor his memory and continue his legacy of stewardship, Champion® Traps and Targets has teamed with Federal Premium Ammunition to create the 2014 Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship. 

For more than a decade, Knapp represented these brands around the world at live exhibitions, on television, and at countless consumer and trade shows. With the support of his wife, Colleen, Champion extended Knapp’s licensed products agreement to fund a scholarship that will award $5,000 to one male and one female college-bound student. The two scholarship winners will be chosen from applicants in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, and will receive their awards at the State Championships in June 2014.

This scholarship program was created to assist high school seniors who have actively participated in at least two seasons on a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League team and plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®.

Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

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Applicants to the program must -

  • Be high school seniors who have actively participated in at least two seasons on a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League team.
  • Have a 20 cumulative average from all clay target competitions.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to two (2) awards will be granted each year to one (1) male and one (1) female.

Awards are one-time only.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship Management Services postmarked no later than May 1. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment card is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship Management Services to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Up to a one-page essay, “What does participation in shooting sports mean to me?” will also be part of the application and used in the evaluation process. Only the recipients’ essays will be provided to ATK Sporting Group, the parent of Champion and Federal Premium Ammunition. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any officer or employee of ATK Sporting Group play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of ATK Sporting Group. Payments are made in one installment in September. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

Recipients have no obligation to ATK Sporting Group. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.

ATK Sporting Group reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-1682

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