Scholarships Awards

NSTRA Scholarship Awards

The NSTRA Scholarship Award is open to all children and grandchildren of active NSTRA members.  Applicants must be a junior/senior in high school or a freshmen/sophomore in college, and awards are based on scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities, and an essay about how NSTRA has impacted the applicant’s life.

Applications are due in the National Office by June 30 of the current year and will be analyzed for eligibility.  Once all applications are approved, they will be edited to remove any distinguishing information (i.e.:  name, region, school or activity locations) and then sent to the Scholarship Committee to be reviewed and scored based on an approved rating scale.  All scores are averaged on a 1-100 scale and reported to the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee who then determines the winners and amounts to be rewarded.

Funds for the NSTRA Scholarship Fund are raised through donations by members, clubs, and regions and also through our NSTRA Scholarship Auction held at the Dog of the Year championship in Amo, IN.  In order to hold the auction each year, NSTRA relies on the donations of items by members, clubs, and regions. 




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Our History

The National Shoot To Retrieve Association (NSTRA) was founded by a group of dedicated bird hunters looking for a way to extend the fun they enjoyed with their bird dogs after their season ended. Field Trials, under hunting conditions, were the answer. Field Trials provide an extended the season, a sportsmanlike environment and competition with others who enjoy bird dogs.

The Association was incorporated in 1978. NSTRA is a non-profit association with service to the members and sportsmanship as its goals.

This site is intended to assist you in becoming a new member and to provide all members with current information including Championship Trial results, Dog Records, Regional Data and Field Trial Schedules.

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Extend The Season!

NSTRA was conceived by a group of hunters in the late 1960's as a way to extend the normal open upland bird hunting season from a few weeks to a longer period of time.

Over 1000 Local Field Trials!

Over 1,000 local field trials are held annually for seasoned competitors and dogs as well as amateurs.

Family Fun!

Our trials are held in family friendly environments. many families take advantage of our reduced membership pricing for associate members