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.
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 6th 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. This contest is open to all students in U.S., Canada, and abroad.
Apply for the 2020 Driver Ed Online Contest here
2020 Driver Education Essays Gallery
by Giulia Maggiori
This essay takes into consideration the responsibilities that pedestrians, cyclists and drivers have in road safety.
by Madison Smith
I am a new driver navigating the process of driving, and through this there have been highs and lows. One experience I have really learned from is when I was driving and got in a car crash. From this I have learned the true importance of driver's education, and I have realized you can never be too safe while driving.
by Peyton Braun
In this essay I just talk about safe driving and how important driver education is. I also discuss initiatives to take and practice that will make driving safer.
by Chanel Stewart
Driver's today often convey the mindset of the "Road Expert", whereby most traffic laws that were originally learned are gradually not taken into account by most driver's. In this essay, I discuss the importance of attentiveness and the level of recognition drivers must have in how their actions may affect their safety as well as the safety of others whilst on the road.
by Claire Owen
This essay describes the importance of drivers education and contains a true driving incident that changed the lives of many and could have had a greater catastrophic outcome.
by Mia Sims
This essay is about why and how to keep the roads safer.
by Hailey Nguyen
Drivers education is essential to prevent common mistakes and to encourage safe driving choices. However, to make the roads safer and reduce the number of driving-related deaths, accessible alternatives to common poor choices made my drivers have to be emphasized. Ultimately, to ensure your own safety on the road, drivers should lose their blind trust in other drivers. Reporting dangerous driving and understanding "your fate is in your hands" has the potential to reduce the number of driving-related deaths.
by Nathan Mitchell
This essay details a unique, technological way to prevent repeated cases of drunk driving. This essay combines innovative technology with an example of how it would work. With some innovation, it could prove a useful tool in helping people stop driving while drinking.
by Grace Deck
An essay on the importance of defensive driving.
by Victoria Lisa
In my essay, I am going to focus on distracted driving specifically mostly on drunk driving. I had a personal experience recently due to drunk driving. Therefore, I figured to write about that experience and get all of my feelings out onto paper. Distracted driving was always a huge "pet-peeve" of mine and was something that I was always passionate about so, this scholarship was definitely the one for me. The title, "Who is Actually in Control?" means who is in control, the phone, the alcohol, the drugs or you can be in control of how you drive.
The majority of Americans have driven before but do not know the importance of it.
by Camille Hanks
I share a personal experience of witnessing a fatal car wreck. I highlight the importance of educating drivers about the importance of understanding their personal responsibility as a driver; to realize that their choices have outcomes. I point out things that have armed me as a driver and propose those as a solution to rising motor vehicle fatalities.
by Kelsey Truax
This essay is a message. It is a message for all upcoming and current drivers to never be the cause of someone losing their child, parent, sibling, or best friend. In this essay, you will learn how I lost my best friend due to distracted driving and how beyond devastating it was for me and many others. Don't just be the cause of someone else losing a loved one, don't be the reason your mother goes to bed at night thinking about how you would still be here if you didn't drink that drink, read that text, or change that song.
by Jahqui' Cooper
This essay gives my perspective on safe driving and rules of the road. I answer all questions asked and even share a personal experience.
by Spencer Gomez-Navarro
This essay shows the experiences of those who have gone through an accident due to drivers that text and drive. It also offers solutions and preventative measures on how to reduce the incidence of accidents.
by Tianna Del Rosso
In this essay, I talk about how distracted driving can have a serious impact on yours and everyone on the road with you. A text is not worth a life and reckless driving is not "cool" it is dangerous and cars should not be used as toys.
by Amber Kemper
As you jump in the drivers seat for the first time, you come across some information and facts that cause you to become a better driver. Buckle up because the ride is going to get crazy!
by Morgan Bentley
Driver Education is important because it gives a student a solid foundation of information to build upon.
by Jeslyn Dela Vega
This essay describes my experiences and the impacts of drowsy driving. I also explain how to reduce drowsy driving due to its heavy causes on death tolls in the United States. I hold accountable not only an individual driver but those the driver affects due to reckless driving. Overall, highlighting the importance in educating one self and self-awareness to be the key in mitigating driving accidents.
by Ammon Montes
Here are some lessons I learned from the time I lost control.
by Takayla Cochran
Takayla Cochran May 20,2020 Taking Precautions On The RoadIn order for change to occur you have to be the change. From, experience I learned that a text isn't worth your life. Taking precautions to ensure your safety on the road is the key. Allowing for distractions to get in your way isn't the answer but behind every answer is a solution. Moreover, Putting your phone on do not disturb while driving can save your life.
by Christine Burgett
I witnessed two major car accidents in one single day. One could've been me had it not been for my running a bit late to work.
by Amisha Chokshi
This essay is about how driver's education can help more people drive responsibly given the high number driving-related fatalities and injuries.
by Zion Gassner
I realized that my fear of driving came from my lack of education, and I looked at how people learn to drive in Japan since it seems like a place with a lot more pressure and a lot less room for error (it's small). I found that there are a lot of measures to make new drivers like me feel safer to reduce fatalities. I wish we could introduce those here as well.
by Jessica Deruise
This essay shares my views on driving and the importance of drivers' safety. It also shares about the time I experienced a car accident and how it could have been prevented.
by Camila M. Perez Quiroz
Camila Perez explains the importance of drivers education and gives possible solutions to the problem of driver-related deaths.
by Maa Bruce-Amanquah
It is not just you on the road, so you have to consider those who are also out there. Everyone, hopefully, wants to be safe while on the road and to have as few problems as possible
by Wendy Caldwell
Driving is a privilege that can be taken away at any time. This gives a different perspective on the value behind being a responsible driver. Proactive measures will help prevent a catastrophic event.