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2020 Driver Safety Scholarship Fund

2020 Driver Safety Scholarship Fund

Check Out Our Previous Scholarship Winners

2019 Winners

First Place – Emily Mann

Second Place – Emily Lovejoy

Third Place – Sarah Black

2018 Winners

First Place – Jordan Jett

Second Place – John Washington

Third Place – Sidney Gunther

2017 Winners

First Place – Michael McMeen

Second Place – Bethaney Jackson

Third Place – Tyler Behrens

2016 Winners

First Place – Lauren Faulkner

Second Place – Samin Riyaz

Third Place – Nour Qushair

Scholarship Details

Texting and driving poses a serious safety hazard for young drivers in across the United States. To spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving, Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., is sponsoring the 6th Annual Driver Safety Scholarship program. Our law firm will award three scholarships to 2020 graduating seniors in Colbert, Cullman, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall or Morgan Counties high schools and/or rising freshmen in Alabama colleges and universities who create an original essay explaining the dangers of texting and driving and practical steps to ending this momentous problem.

Sending text messages takes drivers’ eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off the task of driving and remaining alert for oncoming traffic. What can we do as a community to convey to young drivers that texting and driving leads to serious and avoidable accidents? We’re confident our young people have some good ideas.

To enter the program, you’ll need to submit an essay with at least 1000 words. We’re seeking clever, well-researched ideas that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving. The tone can be light-hearted or serious, as long as it’s informative, helpful and original.

The deadline for submitting entries is April, 2021.

As a law firm active in Huntsville, Alabama, Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., is dedicated to making our state a safer place to live and raise families. We recognize our young people are our communities’ most precious resource. We are committed to helping students across the country receive a college education to pursue their career goals.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to receiving your scholarship program entries.



Essay Topic

Please answer the following question in your essay:

“How can we educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving and what are some practical ways we can drastically reduce distracted driving related accidents?

Helpful Ideas

  • Interview someone who was involved in a distracted driving accident.
  • Are there any technological solutions to this problem that haven’t been explored?
  • Be creative in your description of the problem and your proposed solution.


Submissions Open

August 20, 2020

Submissions Close

April 16, 2021

Winners Announced

April 30, 2021


The scholarship is open to high school seniors, and freshmen enrolled in Alabama colleges or universities who are residents of the following counties: Dekalb, Franklin, Lawrence, Colbert, Cullman, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, & Morgan

Judging Process

Essays will be judged by a panel from Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., and associated parties. Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, grammar, style, and originality. Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.

Winner Notification

The top three finalists, as selected by the judges, will be notified via the contact information submitted on your application. Winners will be announced to the public.


There are three exciting prizes that will be awarded to the top essays:

1st Place

$2,000 Scholarship

2nd Place

$1,200 Scholarship

3rd Place

$1,000 Scholarship


Do I need to mail or email my application?

You can apply for the Driver Safety Scholarship by using our online form.

I am a member of the class of 2020 at my high school. Am I eligible?

Yes, rising seniors in the class of 2020 from the following counties: Colbert, Cullman, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Morgan Counties, enrolled in high schools are eligible to apply for scholarships.

Why do I need to include a photo of myself?

We want to include photos of the writers when we announce the scholarship recipients.

I plan to attend a two-year community college. Am I eligible?

Yes, the scholarship is available to students planning to attend two-year or four-year colleges and universities.

Who selects the winners?

A scholarship selection committee will choose the scholarship winners based on the originality and creativity in the essays.

Will the essays be posted online?

We will upload the winning essays to our website and social media sites. Winners may also be announced on WHNT TV.

I am an international student. Am I eligible?

Sorry, international students are not eligible.

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers!

Use the form below to ask us your questions about the Driver Safety Scholarship Program


You can apply for the Driver Safety Scholarship

by using our online form


Please be sure your essay is complete and you have all the required information before you submit this form.


1) Your essay of at least 1,000 words,
2) Proof of Enrollment (unofficial transcript or most recent grades/report card),
3) Headshot

  • Tell Us About Yourself

  • Provide us with a short (3-4 sentences) bio about yourself that will be posted along with your submission to the scholarship page.
  • Please upload a photo of yourself.
  • Eligibility Information

  • High School Senior, College Freshman, etc.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.