Youth Forward – Scholarship Opportunity for Exemplary Volunteers

National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2017 scholarship opportunity, entitled “Youth Forward.” The company is seeking applicants for six $500 scholarships rewarding a deserving youth – either enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of volunteerism and youth.


Volunteerism is increasingly important in American society. Indeed, most of today’s High Schools require some type of volunteer work in order to graduate. Colleges and universities as well seek to encourage students to “give back” to their communities.

This scholarship seeks to reward a few deserving youth for his or her commitment to the spirit of volunteerism. The application is handled in essay format. To apply, submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format addressing the following questions:

This is an annual scholarship program.


  • What is the area in which you have chosen to volunteer (e.g., homelessness, anti-drunk driving, youth art programs, etc.).? Why did you choose it?
  • How many hours per year / week / month have you volunteered?
  • What are / were your responsibilities as a volunteer?
  • What has been your biggest challenge as a volunteer?
  • What has giving you the most satisfaction as a volunteer?
  • What have you learned from your volunteer position?

How are your interests and career goals in alignment with that volunteer focus, or perhaps not?

  • Looking towards the future, how do you see your activities as “forward looking?” What does “forward looking” mean to you?
  • What change do you seek to foster in the world via your volunteer activities?
  • If you were to come back in ten, twenty, or even thirty, years do you think your volunteer activities would have “made a difference?” How so?


By “sharing” an essay on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+), you are casting a “vote” that that essay should win.

2 prizes will be awarded for each of the three essay submission contests.  One for the most votes and the other as our staff favorite.


Winter 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2016 Winners announced



Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2016-2017 school year).
Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible.
There will be three contest submission dates. To be eligible for the contest submit your essay by one the submission dates.

1. Round 1 May 1st: application deadline; winners announced 5/30/17
2. Round 2 September 1st: application deadline; winner announced 9/30/17
3. Round 3 December 31st: application deadline; winners announced 1/31/18

Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay

Winner will be required to provide proof of enrollment in High School, University or College. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If applicant is not yet enrolled in a college or university (e.g., a High School sophomore or junior), payment will be made to applicant pursuant to a signed agreement to use these funds towards their post-secondary education. A previous contest winner can enter in subsequent contests. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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