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.
The 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 Endily Garcia
Many young drivers die because of the lack of education they have at the moment of driving and do not take care of their lives. In order to reduce the rate of deaths caused by automobile accidents we must learn what are the securities that must be applied when we drive
by Chantal S. 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 Erice Proudfoot
In my essay I discuss the importance of road safety. I also mention the major problem with todays youth and why there are so many dangerous accidents on the road. I then discuss a possible solution to the problem.
by Anne Elizabeth McNealy
Vehicle accidents can have bad results even if the vehicle can drive away.
by Cecely Aparicio-Reyes
Without sight everyone is in danger.
by Alicia Sylvester
In this essay I will describe the importance of being an informed and defensive driver and how we as a society can decrease the amount of car accidents.
by Mikayla Barnfield
This essay details the importance of safe driving and driver education. One distraction while on the road can affect your life or other people significantly.
by Peyton Lehman
This essay explains the extent to which vehicles can damage people and hinder their lifestyle, including a personal story of mine and some background on driver education. I have decided to omit the full story and name of my client due to privacy reasons, but the essay still paints the picture of a horrific incident that changed one's life forever.
by Kristen Huntley
The pressing demands for driving safe and how it can help save individuals every day.
by Karina Torres
A moving story that inspires me to make a change.
by Sierra Lynn Bush
The essay is about a person watching t.v and the news comes on and there has been a horrible accident and they are convinced that will never happen to them, many people say that it wont happen to them
by maria De Jesus Gonzalez
safe driving means a lot to me.When I was ten I had a car accident with my family and it killed my 2 older sister and my only little brother. It created a big impact in my life.
by Jack Burns
A car accident caused by a distracted driver changed my senior year of high school!
by Gracie Green
I talked about the importance of following the laws while driving, and why drunk driving is not based on luck.
by Hannah Jones
This essay compares driver's education in two states, and how the differences can lead to better drivers and driving habits overall.
by Angelo Douglas Buff
Personal experience and what can be done to help fix these problems with driving.
by Monique Rideaux
This essay is about the importance of safe driving, experiences of road rage, and how to become a better driver.
by Katrina Huhtala
If a careless driver causes the death of a kid, they end not only one, but potentially centuries of descendents. This is why it is so important to learn the proper driver education and post-drinking procedures before you head out on the road.
by William T. Beale, III
My essay describes how driver's education and drive safety go hand in hand to reduce accidents and death due to automobile mishaps.
by Soumitra Das
This essay is intended to make the people aware about the importance of road safety. Each year over a million people die in accidents by vehicle and the number is increasing. Its a global phenomenon and all the countries are facing it. I hope that the essay can atleast aware people and make their life properous.
by Rylee Jolene Callen
I believe that road rage incidents are a huge factor in the amount of unnecessary deaths on the road. Being patient and leaving on time can help reduce the stress as well as the number of road rage incidents.
by Jordan Crates
The discussion of safe driving is not talked about as much as it should be. Driving safe could not only affect you but those whom you are sharing the roadways with.
by Haley M Rosel
Policing is a way to catch reckless driving before it causes casualties. It also prevents having to pass legislation that infringes on our rights. However, getting people to drive safely comes down to them making a personal commitment to do so.
by Audrey Havenor
Four months ago, I totaled my car. In this essay, I discuss the impact that this event had on my life, and how I resolve to become a better driver in the future, starting today.
by Lizeth Bahena-Dominguez
Driving is a necessity to most Americans everyday. To me the two most important causes of automobile deaths are drinking and driving as well as texting and drive.
by Danielle Schroeder
Tomorrow is not a thing to take for granted. Phones take away from our tomorrow and sometimes the rest of our days as well.
by Hannah N Petitt
In my essay I discuss the personal struggles and experiences people like me can and have experienced regarding the implications of texting while driving.
by Kimberly Lynn Gibbons
Three different stories help illuminate the need to follow the rules of 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 announced 5/01/19
2. Round 2: Accepting entries May 1st – August 1st. Winner announced 9/1/19
3. Round 3: Accepting entries September 1st -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.