National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2019 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of being a safer driver.
Driver Education Initiative 2019: 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:
This is an annual scholarship program
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?
BROWSE SUBMITTED ESSAYS BELOW ON OUR “Driver Education Initiative” CONTEST:
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.
Application Instructions Below.
by Azade Jasmine Brown
My essay covers the safety of operating a vehicle and a little about myself. I hope that this would be very helpful. Thank you!
by Chantal Carrillo-Ferreyra
As we become teenagers, learning how to drive is by far the most exciting thing. The problem is, we are so fascinated by the new experiences driving will bring us, rather than focusing on the implications it’ll have. If more people had conscience about how their actions behind the wheel affects others, there would be less deaths due to car accidents.
by Mohammed Ahmed Al-Ahmadi
He talks about the danger, importance and danger of driving
by Mary K Edwards
The importance of driver's education and steps to take to lower the number of fatalities caused by driving.
by Daija Green
"Knowledge is power" as stated by the British painter Francis Bacon. This quote is the epitome of the solution that can reduce the number of deaths caused by the lack of drivers safety. Driving has great power and impact in our society and as drivers we must take ownership in accepting responsibility to better educate ourselves on the importance of becoming safer drivers.
by Jordan J Griffin
My essay will be about not only the importance of driver education and the steps that need to be taken to prevent death but this essay also has a personal story about my first accident.
by Dawn San Luis
Primary Goal: to instill the importance of safe driving when no one else is looking.
by Anais Deanna Ayala
I'll be talking about the importance of learning how to drive safely in this dangerously beautiful world and answering the application/essay questions. Thank you for this opportunity to win the Youth Forward Scholarship! By the way, I tried changing the title to the scholarship name but it wasn't letting me.
by Sophie Smiley
In this essay, I describe the importance of driver education, my experience in a car accident, and steps that can be taken to ensure safer driving.
by Brittany Edwards
I was in a debilitating automobile accident a few years back. I have fought for my life because of this experience and it has taught me the true importance of responsible driving and the consequences that can arise from distracted driving. We need to take action and enforce the rules of driving that are implemented to create safer roads and save lives. Driver's education and the legislative system are the first steps to change. My personal experience has made me a witness to the injustice of poor driving decisions and this fuels my aspiration to make an impact toward a better future for drivers.
by JoNiesha Kennedy
The importance of this essay is to educate the readers on the importance of safe driving. One of its main focuses is discussing the high death rate involving car accidents. Therefore we must conquer the steps we have to take to reduce the number of deaths related to car accidents. We can do this by digging deeper into a more responsible aspect of driving safe and bringing awareness to more people.
by Gabrielle Desear
Reckless teen driving and behavior on the road can prove deadly. As somebody who has been the victim of a car accident caused by a high school student, I know firsthand the damage it can cause. However, drivers education as well as simple considerations for one's safety are vital tools in stopping the rising count of traffic deaths among young drivers.
by Andre Vincent Butzberger
In this essay, I discuss the importance of speed and education for reducing fatal car crashes.
by Pamela Irish
Young drivers often pose dangers to themselves and to others, however, it does not have to be this way. In this essay take a look at how we can make young drivers and not dangerous ones.
by Alexis Tibbs
Deaths on the road are mainly due to our lack of concern, care, and compassion for one another. It is important we address this selfishness, from seasoned drivers to new ones. Education to correct driving technique must be encouraged and offered in our school systems and through our government. But most importantly, we must understand the damage our flaws cause by learning about past mistakes. This knowledge will allow us to discipline ourselves to avoid accidents.
by Trisha R Deonarain
This essay talks about the importance of Driver's Education for both new drivers and experienced drivers. This essay focuses on the factors of driving that tend to be overlooked as well as some of my personal experiences with the dangers of driving.
by Sara Delaney Moore
New Drivers hold the keys to our future. Literally. Drivers Education informs the most inexperienced of drivers and makes them into law biding motorist. Drivers Education can be the difference between a car wreck and a life saved so lets do it in a meaningful order.
by Roselle WATKINS
Driving is a privilege and not a right.
by Alexandra bartolomei
I wrote about the importance of learning the reality of driving distracted, including phone usage and being intoxicated. I also wrote about how we can learn to take steps to driving without phones so that we can be safe on the road.
by Luther Daniel Harris
Educate on driving safely, to avoid a fatal car crash and escaping the police using their caution tape or body drapes to cover fatalities from being streamed and videotaped before they get a chance to notify the victims loved ones.
by Isabel Gonzalez
In this essay, I detail numerous techniques to ensure safe driving aimed at ALL different types of drivers! These practical and do-able strategies can help make roads safer, thus decreasing car accidents across the world.
by Emma Culberson
In this essay, I will expand upon the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle and how driver education courses help prevent accidents. Finally, I explain how true change depends on each of us, through our efforts to be a positive influence in our community.
by Laura Teresa Klump
My essay stresses the importance of being a responsible and focused driver as soon as you step into the drivers seat. Reckless driving doesn't effect just the driver; it effects others in the car, other drivers, and even pedestrians. Driving is a huge responsibility and many people do not realize that. By focusing while driving, it lowers the chances of crashes, keeping more people's lives thriving towards the future.
by Ariel Geesey
Americans drive too much to not pay attention to their driving.
by Justin James Cardona
The topic of drive distracted or die, is an uncomfortable topic. The first step to teen driving is to receive driver education. On top of the new responsibility of driving, we get such pleasure from our Smartphone. Anticipating what message awaits us after we hear an alert, is it similar to the anticipation of eating your favorite food. It has to do with our addictive nature and how our brain instinctively responds to that “ping” sound coming from our phone. Our brain gets a hit of dopamine, a chemical that leads to an increase in arousal, energizing the reward circuity in our brains when we hear the “ping” and we feel the urge to instantly check our phone. This is a lack of self-control. The message of resisting distracted driving needs to be reinforced often. We must AVOID THE PING!
by Kedar Daniel
by Jenna Goss
By making smart choices we can prevent the life changing ones that come from making bad ones.
by Taejonon Yazhe Denetclaw
Take a drive with me on my journey on the road!
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2019-2020 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: April 1st: application deadline; winners are
2. Round 2: Accepting entries May 3rd – August 1st. Winner announced 9/1/19 — Winner for most shared essay is Azade Brown. Congratulations Azade! We will announce staff favorite on 9/16. Thanks for your patience. We are reading all 800 submitted essays to determine who to award the scholarship prize to.
3. Round 3: Accepting entries September 16th -November 31st. Winners announced 1/01/20
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.
The contest is now closed. Please stay tuned for the next round.