National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2020 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students entering college or already enrolled in a higher education institution – on the topic of being a safer driver.
Driver Education Initiative 2020: In the Driver’s Seat
The Topic of this year’s essay submissions deals with the serious implications of being a driver. In America, an average of 34,000 people die each year as a result of driving. This is more people who have died in one year as a result of driving, than the total number of American soldiers who have died from war in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The total number of Americans who die within the span of two years as a result of driving is more than the total number of American deaths from the Vietnam war. This is to say, driving is more dangerous and deadly for our nation than being involved in combat, and highlights the serious consequences of being negligent on the road.
courtesy: NHTSA, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
Many drivers are not aware of these startling and very scary facts, especially newer drivers. The essay contest “In The Driver’s Seat” seeks to have applicants highlight the importance of being a safe and educated driver. This scholarship seeks to reward six students for his or her submission dealing with the importance of being a safe and educated driver. 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:
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN YOUR ESSAY / APPLICATION:
- What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number deaths as a result of driving?
- What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving?
- Have you ever had an experience of being in car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly?
- What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver as well as help others become safer on the road?
This is an annual scholarship program.
2019 Fall Contest winners to be announced January 1st 2020.
Previous Contest Winner Announcements.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2020-2021 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.
- Round 1: January 1st 2020 -March 31st Winners: Announced May 1st
- Round 2: Accepting entries May 1st – August 1st. Announced September 1st
- Round 3: Accepting entries September 1st -November 30th. Winners announced 1/01/21
Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay
The winner will be required to provide proof of successful acceptance to a Higher Institute of Learning, College or University. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Apply for the 2019 Driver Education Contest here
2019 Driver Education Essays Gallery
by Wafaa Mohammad Ali Alkhowly
يارب إنك تدرك دعواتي حتى لو لم انطق بها، اللهُم حقّق لي ما اُريد فأنت تعلم السِر و ما يخفى، اللهُم فوضتك أمري ُكله فجمّله خيرًا بما شِئت، واجعلني يارب ممن نظرت إليه فرحمته، وسمعت دُعائه.
by Maya McLamb
This essay explains my experiences of being a new driver and some trials that I encountered upon learning how to drive. Throughout the essay I explain the importance of removing all distractions while driving and being cautious of the drivers around you. This essay's purpose is to spread awareness of the effects of distracted driving and to give pointers on how to make your road experiences safer for everyone around you.
by Mohammed AL-Ahmadi
The car is a laxative of life and has great importance which makes dispensing it impossible but If handled recklessly may be a cause of death .Please verify that you are not a robot.
by Lindsey Smith
The importance of drivers education and steps to assist in reducing the number of driving fatalities each year.
by Adam Timothy Bernklau
Proficient, safe, defensive, non-distracted driving. Something we should all be doing to save lives and keep our roadways safer.
by Morgan Gage Critchlow
Sometimes living through a car wreck or bad experience with cars is the best instructor for safe driving.
by Britton Carver
This essay considers the topic of safe driving, the importance of driver's education, and examines many tips to stay safe on the road. I also provide personal accounts of witnessing poor driving and detailing the tragic results. I conclude the essay by pledging to be a role model driver by making everyone's safety my priority, and encouraging others to follow in my footsteps.
by Kristin Haylee Bishop
My essay talks about texting and driving and how drivers need to understand the importance and impact of what this distraction does. So many deaths per year are caused by this and it just grows more as our generation gets further "addicted" to our electronic worlds. I've told about how a staged accident at our school really impacted a lot of our students, and what we are doing to change our habits with our phones. Being educated about driving safely is crucial at this time more than ever.
by Robert Carroll
The essay discusses 3 solutions that could reduce driving related deaths.
by Halle Scheinman
When driving for the first time, I realized how scary it is to get behind the wheel. A car can be a weapon, and some people need to learn that. Driver's education is a very important course that everyone should have to take. It teaches you how dangerous driving can actually be and steps to take to help reduce the numbers of deaths caused by driving. Having experienced a car accident, whether it was you or a loved one, fatal or not, will make you want to become a safe driver. I have taken the steps, will you?
by Megan R McCain
The importance of driving safe as a teen driver in the time of technology.
by Ginae Stewart
This essay describes the my horrific account in a car and my hopes to prevent anyone from suffering on the roads.
by Chibuzor Onyeahialam
This essay was written to show how teenagers these days take driving for granted and need to see it for what a dangerous practice it is. I outlined some ways to avoid distractions and gave an anecdote from my own life about a friend who lost his life due to unsafe driving. I hope this essay can inspire others to consider safety more when behind the wheel.
by Erin Gilbert
Safe driving saves lives, and safe driving begins with education.
by Jonathan D Castillo
In this essay, I wrote about why eduationis the most poweful tool for increasing safety on complience for all present and future drivers. Education accessibility for all can specifically lead to safer roads and lower death tolls. If we ever want to improve safer driving, we must also hold accountable those who choose to drive drunk with harsher punisment.
by Allison Deshotels
Young drivers must put in the work to understand the weight of responsibility It is important that learning to drive should never be rushed
by Miguel Angel Tijerina
Driving safely now is very hard to do but not impossible with a few things you can make driving safer for you and for others.
by madelyn brooke carpenter
My essay includes tips i have learned on driving and knowledge passed down from my parents to me, as well as personal experiences with car accidents and reckless driving.
by Danielle Bullock
I have experienced the consequences of not giving the road your full attention, and I've never forgotten them. I hope that this essay can bring some of those consequences to light, and show why it's so important to keep others from experiencing them as well.
by Abigail Leitinger
Contrary to the belief of most drivers, driving is a privilege. No one is entitled to their license. However, everyone is entitled to learn the rules of the road. Make driving a safer habit for you and everyone involved-even our beloved pets. Never text and drive!
by Joy Schwebach
In order to make driving safer, you have to be the difference that your want to see on the roads.
by Samantha Figg
My sister has an unfortunate driving record... Due to witnessing them first-hand, this essay examines the tips and tricks I have learned to help avoid disaster.
by Lindsey Marie Widel
This is an essay explaining the need for drivers education, the steps we can all take to minimize our risk of being in a car accident and the steps to keep us all safer drivers.
by Anna Williams
The Safety Needed in Driving To start this essay, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Anna Williams and I am currently a high school junior at Foothill High School, on my way to the College and Career Ready diploma. I would like to pursue my college career at UNLV and receive my Bachelor’s in the Art of Computer Science. Scholarships will allow a pathway to an amazing and fruitful college education. Driver’s education is one way we as a society have some sort of comfort when driving with others. The education that is needed to either get a permit or license is what has saved so many lives. Education for driving allows drivers and passengers to feel a sense of safety when driving. In Nevada, it is required that the person who is getting a license must drive with an adult for fifty hours. They also need to complete thirty hours of drivers ed online. The steps to reduce the number of deaths relating to driving is to not get distracted by what is going on in the car, make sure the driver feels well enough to start driving and most importantly don’t drive when intoxicated. The driver should not be distracted when driving, their main focus should be on what is going on around them outside of the car. If a driver does not feel well they are most likely not able to drive to their full ability, putting others in danger. Intoxication is the number one reason why car accidents occur. Drunk driving killed over thirty-seven thousand people in 2017. I have seen friends and family text and drive. I have also seen them not paying attention to the road but the people in the car. They can put their phones away to not be tempted and I can make sure to pay attention to the road to ensure safety. Driving a vehicle is a dangerous necessity in life that needs to be taken seriously. Without learning the rules of the road or understanding the role as a driver lives could be lost. The steps taken to ensure safety when driving should not be seen as extra steps but necessary steps.
by Bryanna Nikkole Garcia
This essay is about my personal experience with unsafe driving and I want to share my story, so it could help others, let their voices be heard.
by Alecia Hyman
Driving in videogames and driving in real life is NOWHERE the same thing. Unfortunately some people like to live on the edge and drive recklessly, but is it really worth dying for?
by Corinne Walker
Provides answers to every question and short anecdotes to support each answer.
by Nicole Garingan
See Essay File.