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Providing a female firearms instructor with assistance in improving her ability to teach

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Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship

Providing a female firearms instructor with assistance in improving her ability to teach.

Our Mission

The mission of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship is to provide a deserving female firearms instructor with assistance in improving her ability to teach. The USCCA will offer one merit-based award annually to a female firearms instructor who wishes to expand her education in the field of firearms training and who shows the knowledge, skills, determination and devotion to firearms education and training exemplified by Linda Harris during her lifetime.

The Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship is an annual, merit-based award in which the winning applicant will be presented an all-expenses-paid USCCA training program of her choice, with costs for tuition, travel, lodging and ammo (if required) covered by the USCCA. If the winner is not a USCCA-certified instructor at the time of the award, the prize will be a USCCA certification class. If the winner is a USCCA-certified instructor at the time of the award, she may choose any training course currently offered by the USCCA. The winner may select the class as offered by any USCCA Training Counselor.

The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the site of the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo to receive the award.

The Award

Linda Harris

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any currently active female firearms instructor wishing to expand and improve her teaching abilities is eligible for the award. The Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship Committee, in making scholarships available, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, handicap or national/ethnic origin. Assisting female firearms instructors who are committed to expanding and improving their teaching abilities is the main goal of the scholarship committee. 

Who may apply?

When will applications be accepted?

Applications will be accepted from April 30 through December 1 of each calendar year. The awards committee will select the winner in April or May and will contact the winner by April or May of the following year. (Example: 2018 applications will be accepted through December 1, 2018, and the winner will be contacted by April 30, 2019.) An official announcement and the presentation of the scholarship will be made at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo that spring. The winner will be expected to make every effort to attend the Concealed Carry Expo to accept this award.

When will the award be presented?

The award will be presented at the annual USCCA Concealed Carry Expo under the direction of the Expo staff.

Who is Linda Harris?

Linda Harris, who passed away at age 68 on September 1, 2018, was well-known in the firearms community as an outstanding instructor who dedicated herself and her career to training people to defend themselves and encouraging women to get involved in the shooting sports. Linda’s husband George co-founded the SIGARMS Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1990. Linda later joined her husband at the SIG Academy, becoming the first female firearms instructor in the history of the company and teaching a variety of firearms-related subjects to men and women alike.

Linda was a woman of uncompromising class, integrity, kindness, knowledge and understanding. She was also a valued supporter of the USCCA and its mission to educate, train and protect the responsibly armed. Linda Harris’ legacy is as far-reaching as the many friends and colleagues she influenced during her career. This scholarship program was established to honor her life and to help other motivated women carry on her legacy of excellence and service. 

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The mission of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship is to provide a deserving female firearms instructor with assistance in improving her ability to teach. The USCCA will offer one merit-based award annually to a female firearms instructor who wishes to expand her education in the field of firearms training and who shows the knowledge, skills, determination and devotion to firearms education and training exemplified by Linda Harris during her lifetime.

Our Mission