2017 Kelsey’s Law Scholarship - Stop Distracted Driving Contest

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The second annual Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Scholarship for Michigan high school juniors and seniors has launched. Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, tragically died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010. This scholarship has been created in her honor to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents.

In October, $5,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to Michigan students. Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.

Messages may be in the form of a video, graphic or Tweet that resonates with teens and influences their driving behavior. There are three type of submissions accepted: Youtube Video (30 Seconds max); Graphic (JPG, PNG or GIF files only); or Tweet (110 characters or less). One submission is accepted per student.

Entries will be judged and critiqued on the following factors:

  • Ability to persuade others, especially teen drivers, to stop texting while driving.
  • Ability to grab the attention of your friends, peers and family.
  • A clear and understandable message.
  • Demonstration of your personal creativity and ingenuity.

Awards will be given for the Overall Best Submission ($2,000); Best Video Submission ($1,500); Best Graphic Submission ($1,000); and Best Tweet Submission ($500). Awards will be applied toward tuition at any university, college or technical school in the U.S. for higher education. Funds will be sent directly to the school within one year of the scholarship deadline.

Who may apply:

  • Open to 11th and 12th grade students (Class of 2017 and 2018) attending any public or private Michigan high school (finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment with a student I.D. or transcript).
  • Applicant must be a Michigan resident with a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • If under the age of 18 by October 1, 2017, a parental consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian if you are selected as a finalist.

The deadline to apply online is August 31, 2017. For more information and to access the application, visit: http://www.michiganautolaw.com/kelseys-law-scholarship.