Kelsey’s Law Scholarship

2020 KELSEY’S LAW SCHOLARSHIP

Stop Distracted Driving Contest

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.

Some startling facts from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Database:

  • 40,865 crashes with a driver age 15-19 in 2014 of which there were 69 fatalities and 479 serious injuries
  • Texting while driving increases your risk of crashing by 23 times
  • Car accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens

Distractions

2020 KELSEY’S LAW SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

In April, $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.

Finalists will be notified by April 12th, 2020 and winners will be announced sometime during April, 2020.

Messages may be in the form of a video, graphic or Tweet that resonates with teens and influences their driving behavior.

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.

Types of Admissions Permitted

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Youtube Video
(30 Seconds max)

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Graphic
(PNG files only)

Tweet
(110 characters or less)


Award Amounts

  • Overall Best Submission: $2,000
  • Best Video Submission: $1,500
  • Best Graphic Submission: $1,000
  • Best Tweet Submission: $500

*Limit one type of submission per student.

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 2020 and 2021) 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 April 15, 2020, a parental consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian if you are selected as a finalist.

Deadline to apply online: March 31, 2020.

Winners will be announced in April, 2020 to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

All applicants are required to read, understand and agree to the Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use with a check marked box within the submission form. For details review each document here:

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