TicketHelp is proud to present the Safe Driver Scholarship, worth $1,000. In the United States, car accidents kill more teenagers every year than any other cause of death. On average, about 6 teenagers aged 16 to 19 die every day in car accidents. For the most part, these car accidents can be attributed to inexperience: not responding to road hazards quickly enough, taking curves too quickly and being distracted by something outside or inside the vehicle.
Of course, perhaps the most distracting part of driving nowadays is the cell phone. In the 5 seconds it takes to read that text message, drivers can travel over 300 yards at 55 miles per hour, and they are essentially blind while doing so. About 10 percent of all teenage drivers involved in fatal accidents were using their phone — texting, calling or using social media. At any given time, more than 650,000 people are using cell phones while they drive, and young drivers are the most common culprit.
Here at TicketHelp, our goal is to encourage safe driving and reward those who keep their eyes on the road at all times. We know that can be difficult for young drivers, as so much can happen in their world while they are spending time driving. But for those who make focusing on the road their top priority while driving, we want to make it easier to go to college and continue that habit while furthering your education.
Fall Semester: Deadline Passed
Spring Semester: December 5
The TicketHelp Safe Driver Scholarship is open to all United States citizens who have had a driver’s license for at least 1 year. In addition, you must:
- Have been accepted and committed to, or currently enrolled in, an accredited college or university (must present a student ID, if applicable)
- Have a minimum 2.8 GPA
- Have no tickets or incidents on your traffic record for the past 3 years
How to Apply
To apply for the TicketHelp Safe Driver Scholarship, please submit your online application, as well as a copy of your transcript and your driving record. Visit your local Department of Driver Services or Department of Motor Vehicles to learn more about how to obtain your driving record.
You must also submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on ONE of the topics below.
- In what ways do you overcome the urge to use your phone or otherwise become distracted while driving?
- How has your life been impacted by distracted driving?
- Give us a brief overview of your state’s distracted driving laws, and how you would change them to make the roads safer.