Winners of the 2017 AIEZ Driver Safety Scholarship Contest

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After many months and scores of entries, we here at AIEZ have officially called an end to our scholarship essay contest and picked a winner. In addition to the hard-working individual whose essay won the financial prize, we will be displaying several honorable mentions right here on

The honor of winning this year’s essay contest goes to Crystal Hart of Illinois. We felt her essay best addressed the following questions included in the essay prompt:

  • What can the nation as a whole do to decrease automotive accidents and promote driver safety?
  • What can/should states do to decrease automotive accidents and promote driver safety?
  • What should cities, towns, municipalities, and local communities do to decrease automotive accidents and promote driver safety?
  • What can you, as an individual and a young driver, do to decrease automotive accidents and promote driver safety?

The length of each applicant’s essay was limited to 1,500 words or less. Despite this constraint, Crystal’s entry addressed the lack of support, financial and otherwise, for thorough and universal driver’s education programs in the USA. Her essay also offered up practical solutions which, if implemented, could could spur a rebirth of driver’s education initiatives in public and private schools all across the country.

AIEZ Driver Safety Scholarship Contest: Honorable Mentions

In the end, it was difficult to pick a winner given the large number of well-written, high-quality submissions we received. Because of this, we are also publishing a series of honorable mentions which deserve their moment in the spotlight. These essays cover such topics as the need for better, more reliable methods of public transportation; reducing the proliferation of “scam” driver’s ed schools which lack proper certification and fail to teach students safe driving practices; and encouraging young drivers to be more cautions behind the wheel with graphic but educational examples of how unsafe driving can turn deadly.

On behalf of AIEZ, we would like to thank all of our participants for submitting entries and helping to make this contest a success. Also, due to popular demand, we will be hosting a new scholarship essay in the near future. Keep checking back for more details!

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