Scholarship and Essay Contest – 2015/2016:
Speak Up About Safe Driving: Ten Tips for Teen Drivers
We at GA DRIVER SAFETY know that teen driving safety is the #1 concern when it comes to youth driving – from the Department of Transportation at states ranging from Georgia to Alabama to California to Alaska, from Educators to Parents and to Teens themselves. Let’s face it: teen safe driving isn’t just a Georgia problem; it’s a problem for all states across the United States of America. Therefore, we are announcing a NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AND ESSAY CONTEST for high school juniors and seniors, as well as college students enrolled at community or junior colleges as well as four-year institutions in any state in the United States (not limited to but of course including Georgia).
We know that in today’s fast-paced society, teens have distractions like never before: cell phones, texting while driving, even in-car “infotainment” systems. Even after a teen gets his or her license and becomes eligible to transport other teens or young adults, it can still be tough to “be responsible” yet “be cool.” For example, assume you are a passenger in a car and the driver is texting while driving, talking on his or her cell phone, fumbling with the infotainment system, or even old-school eating or drinking.
- How can you politely ask them NOT to text while driving and to drive responsibly yet not look like the proverbial geeky, unpopular young adult driver?
The focus of our scholarship is to get teens and young adults to think about driver safety with the twist of helping others by brainstorming novel ways to ask others to “drive responsibly” while still being cool.
Essay Topic: All Essays Must Address the Following Topic
The scenario is you as a passenger are in a car with someone who is texting while driving, using their cell phone, or otherwise driving badly. In your essay, brainstorm at least five but no more than ten novel ways to ask the driver to “driver responsibly.” The concept is to write an essay that will give other people ideas on how to politely, but firmly, ask drivers to be safe and not text and drive, drink and drive, fidget with the radio and drive, etc., but still remain polite and even cool. We recognize that for teens, especially, there can be peer pressure NOT to be the un-cool person who asks the driver to slow down, not text and drive, or generally pay attention to the road.
- The winning essay will convey an IDEA LIST for teens to help them help others to drive safely, yet be realistic about the desire of most teens to “be cool.”
- The winning essays will be used to create a combined TOP TEN list of ways to Speak up about Safe Driving with a goal to create a quick PDF download for teens and others to share about how to politely but firmly ask others to drive responsibly and still be cool.
The winning essay as well as the top five will be posted to our blog, and the winner will receive at $1000 scholarship for the Georgia university or college of their choice. Each of the five runners up will receive a $100 prize to defray college expenses.
To participate, an applicant MUST be a registered student at a USA-based high school or college. Applicants need NOT be Georgia residents, and non-Georgia high schools and colleges are encouraged to attend. Applicants in ANY state of the United States are encouraged to apply.
Register using the form below. Applicants must register no later than May 1, 2016. Winners will be announced June 1, 2016.
Submit Your Scholarship / Essay Application
Applicants MUST register using the form above. Essays are then to be submitted in WORD format to firstname.lastname@example.org by the May 1, 2016, deadline. APPLICANTS THAT DO NOT REGISTER USING THE FORM ABOVE ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE.
Scholarship & Essay Contest: Rules
Essays must be 500 words or less, submitted in Microsoft Word format no later than May 1, 2016. Participants must be an enrolled student at either the Junior or Senior level in high school or in a recognized college or university in any state of the United States.
- IMPORTANT: Essays will be judged on criteria of persuasiveness and novelty, with an eye to creating a “top ten” list of ways to ask people to “drive responsibly.”
Employees of GA Driver Safety and their family members are not eligible to participate.