Each year, the Scholarship program here at AIEZ gets harder to score. The amount and quality of the entries we receive continues to increase, making it difficult to choose just one.
The honor of winning the 2017 essay contest goes to Crystal Hart of Illinois. We felt her essay best addressed the following questions included in the essay prompt:
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.
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.
In 2018, we changed our scholarship question to one of two topics:
The entry limited to 1,500 words and in order to score 2018, we needed to go through over 100 essays! The competition was fierce, but we ended up with Hannah Jarrol as our winner.
There were additional entries that caught her eye, and we would like to share them with you as well. Here is our list of runner-ups: