The Wells Call Annual Scholarship Contest
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, with one-third of those deaths being alcohol-related. According to the CDC, young drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking.
Simply put, drunk driving is a huge public safety problem. While young drivers are not the sole demographic responsible for drunk driving, they do make up a decent percentage of the whole. In the US, licensed drivers under 21 are responsible for 17% of fatal-related crashes even though they are only 10% of the total licensed drivers. We must find a way to prevent drunk driving.
There are always ways to create safer roadways for all of us. Of course, we can be a part of the solution by not participating in driving while intoxicated, but how can we help others?
July 14, 2024
Applicants must be EITHER outgoing high school seniors (graduating summer 2024) OR students currently enrolled in a college, trade school, or university as of the start of the fall 2024 semester.
We are asking students to write an essay of at least 500 words (and no more than 1000 words) sharing a compelling idea that could help lower or even prevent drunk driving among teens. Remember, provide a concrete idea and follow it up with actionable steps that could be taken.