Activism: Distracted Driving Scholarships

Distracted driving has become a big problem. Texting and driving is the probably the most common distracted driving activity, but there are other activities that can distract you while driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving causes traffic accidents all the time. If you have been affected by distracted driving or if you are passionate about people not being distracted by while driving, there are scholarships for you!

Robert J. DeBry Scholarship
Sponsor: Robert J. DeBry & Associates
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: December 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled college students in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on one of multiple topics related to causes of injuries, such as distracted driving, motorcycle accidents, drug injuries, wrongful deaths related to fire arms, driving under the influence, and pedestrian accidents.

Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship
Sponsor: Comedy Defensive Driving
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students. Applicant must take the pledge related to driving and design an advertisement against distracted driving.

Emroch & Kilduff, LLP Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: Emroch & Kilduff
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in an accredited United States college or university during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.

Drive Smart Contest
Sponsor: CTIA Wireless Foundation
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: January 6, 2019
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are between 13 and 18 years of age. Students must create a short video to help educate their peers about the dangers of driving distracted. To enter: Register, create a digital short, answer a few questions (paragraph answers), then either share a link to your video or upload it.

Spread the Word on Safety Scholarship
Sponsor: Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center P.C.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 6, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students with at least a 3.2 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a one of four given topics related to impaired or distracted driving.

Injury Scholarship
Sponsor: The May Firm
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at a Community College or University. Applicant must submit an essay on what they think would really make drivers stop texting while driving.

Share a Helpful Tip with a Friend
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2019
Description: Help prevent impaired driving by giving a friend a (house, mailbox, etc.) key to start the conversation about how you can prevent impaired driving. Each action completed on the campaign page equals one entry. Each action counts as an entry. Unlimited entries!

Courageous Persuaders Video Contest
Sponsor: Courageous Persuaders
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: February 8, 2019
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Student must create a commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving.

Arizona Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Goldberg & Osborne
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students in Arizona. Applicant must fill out a form pledging they will not text and drive.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship Competition – Billboard
Sponsor: Advertising Council
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Description: Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must design a billboard advertisement to warn their peers of the dangers of texting and driving.

Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Offices of Matthew J. Quinlan
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students 24 years of age or younger who are currently admitted or enrolled in a four-year college/university or graduate school. Applicant must submit an essay on texting and driving.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship Competition – Radio
Sponsor: Advertising Council
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2019
Description: Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must create a radio recording of 20 second that discourages distracted driving.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship Competition – Video
Sponsor: Advertising Council
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2019
Description: Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must submit a video that encourages friends to avoid distracted driving.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Sponsor: Barron Prize
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2019
Description: Award is open to students between the ages of eight and 18 years of age who are permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must be currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

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