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Create Real Impact Contest


April 28, 2023

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  • Time to get creative and speak out about the #1 killer of young people! The Create Real Impact Contest calls on students, ages 14-22, to showcase their solutions and strategies to stop the #1 killer of young people–car crashes caused by reckless and distracted driving. Students submit one entry into one of the four categories: creative writing, video, graphic design, or music. We have individual grand-prize winners in each category and the opportunity to win money through bonus points!

    In addition to the individual winners, we have another exciting category for teachers and advisors: a distracted driving social media campaign. This is an opportunity for high school teachers and advisors to oversee student leaders’ efforts in implementing a social media campaign around distracted driving. Review the rules, fill out the online registration form, start planning, and create a short video to showcase your campaign (projects can be developed through distance learning or in-person). For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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sydney m  on 2/8/2021 10:44:21 AM

I will apply for this scholarship because driving recklessly is a dangerous game caused by simply not thinking through your actions, drinking, and vaping are all causes of reckless driving. Too many people have lost their lives due to this activity and we need to raise awareness and put a stop to it.

Jayla M  on 2/2/2021 4:59:53 PM

I am applying to this scholarship because our voices need to be heard as we move on with our lives to make a better environment for the people in our communities. I personally feel as though if we younger people speak out about how dangerous reckless driving is then people will actually begin to listen. This situation is a very big deal, especially in the United States, and we need to speak out first before we can even speak out.

Surry F  on 1/31/2021 11:52:16 AM

Thank you for the opportunity

Victoria R  on 1/25/2021 12:40:36 PM

I applied for this scholarship as a teen driver who is often horrified by the lack of concern teens have while driving. It was also great as a design student to create a poster.

Miranda H  on 1/14/2021 10:27:15 AM

I am applying for this scholarship because I feel it is a very important topic to cover. My mother was in a car accident when she was 16 and it not only affected her life, but it has also affected my family. Paying for her treatments has made money very tight my whole life, so this scholarship would be a great way to pay for college and share an important message with young people.

Alina A.  on 1/10/2021 12:51:51 PM

I will apply for this scholarship as my mother was hit by a reckless, drunk driver when she was younger. Therefore this topic is very close to my heart. With this assistance of this scholarship I can not only get assistance in paying for college, but I can educate on the subject’s seriousness. I truly appreciate this scholarship for those reasons and look forward to the judges decision.

Nick K  on 12/29/2020 1:05:19 AM

I will apply for the scholarship. I have lost two cousins to car accidents at a very young age and my brothers friend who has brain and spinal injury due to her being distracted while she was driving. It is very important to educate young drivers about the dangers of driving with distractions

Madison M  on 11/19/2020 2:36:52 PM

I am going to apply for this scholarship because It is an important topic. With this scholarship I can pay for college. My family does not have the money for college for me out of 3 kids. One of my really close family friends died in a car accident. I would like to apply so I can put the importance it is into kids heads of how hurtful it is to loose a loved one. Thank you for the opportunity of this scholarship.

Jasmin V  on 11/11/2020 3:38:22 PM

It’s extremely important for people to know that driving recklessly is not “cool” or “fun”. People who tend to get distracted and drive crazy are selfish. They are selfish because they’re willing to put other people’s lives in danger. So I for once would love to spread out this important message to others.

Amanda L  on 10/26/2020 11:43:26 PM

I see distracted driving as a hige problem in every part of the world , due to the fact it causes a lot of kills no matter if it’s a young or an older person . In this essay I will try to make some solution for this huge problem . First of all , Negligence, due to the fact a lot of people drive when they are drunk it seems they don’t realize how much they can hurt other people driving drunk , for this problem I propose more sanctions and fines for these people who causes accidents . Secondly , A lot of teens don’t even know how to drive and when they don’t learn it , it can causes too much damage not only for themselves but also for people who is find in their way , for this problem I propose Driving courses for teenager to prevent accidents and for be safe . To conclude , with a lot of effort from every society we can prevent distracted driving and have a safer world with not too many accidents .

Jasmine R  on 10/26/2020 9:09:40 PM

“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it's not. A lot of the time, it's what makes you great” by Emma Stone. My name is Jasmine Rob, although I do not consider myself or my life as enthralling or as riveting as others I can pompously say that my enormous heartalong with my compassion , my pain , and my goals are what makes me who I am . Firstly, one characteristic of mine, I would without a doubt consider a talent or even an interest would be that I am immensely good at seeing past anyand all of the unfavorable characteristics in people. I along with others &nd that very unique. The majority of people I come into contact with seem to express that this speci&c trait is rather hard to exhibit; mostly because a great deal of people do not know how to forgive but not forget. Not knowing how to do these things will forever make it laborious to see past the inadequate traits of some people or should I say nearly but not all. Secondly, as I mentioned, being able to forgive however not forget can be vastly di-cult .Sometimes I’m not always able to greatly perform this trait when it involves my father. When actually being able to forgive someone pertains to him it becomes extremely hard to even attempt. In fact, my father not being around sometimes overwhelms me. It's like a daily reminder that I must succeed; so I can one day be able to say “I did it without you.” The pain in/icted upon me by my father is the kind of motivation and the kind of thrive most people seek for in life. I remind myself daily I have to make it, I will make it, and I am going to make it. I refuse to be just another statistic in the world. Lastly, my pain and my enormous heart have led me to make so many goals for myself. One of my major goals is I will without a doubt &ght to achieve is being a social worker. Many people &nd social workers as people who just break up families but to me. A social worker is being that hero a kid apprehensively waits on.

Amelia B.  on 10/26/2020 8:38:04 AM

Recently my foster sister's sister was paralyzed and blinded because of a car wreck. The driver wasn't paying attention and in barely a moment all of their lives changed. It is important that we take a stand and drive safely to not only save our lives but the lives of others.

Ezekiel Turner  on 10/25/2020 5:35:41 PM

I'm a student at DePaul University looking to get their driver's license, so this essay is of significant importance to me.

Amelia B.  on 10/23/2020 11:15:55 AM

The reason I wanted to apply for this scholarship is because just yesterday, my foster sister sister was in a life altering car crash. Being ejected from the car, she had severe damage to her spinal column and will never walk again. It is so important for us as young adults to understand the severity of reckless driving. If we can make the change that will save countless generations from severe heartache and loss. I for one want to be able to save lives instead of taking them and the solution is easy. By simply not texting while driving or letting someone in a better state of mind take you home, who knows how many lives will be saved. This change will not come by one person though. We must unite as a community and all do our part. I know it sounds cliche, but it's the truth.

Alexander H  on 10/22/2020 9:26:45 AM

Alexander Howlin I would like continue my education and this scholarship would make that possible. My grade point average is 4.0 and I'm a member of the National Honor Society. I was a Boy Scout. It is my dream to be DVM. I hope you will consider me. thank you

Gabrielle M  on 10/11/2020 6:11:31 PM

This is a wonderful topic considering how important it is that it be discussed. It is time to bring more awareness to this subject, especially as social media grows. Thank you for this opportunity!

Floy S  on 10/11/2020 12:37:00 PM

I'm attending to apply for the grant since it's the slightest I can do for my guardians. My guardians are not from this nation they've work so difficult to induce us where we are at. We have a roof over our head since of the unending hours of work that my guardians put in. I need to graduate from college with that excellent degree in my hand telling my father that I did it. I need him to know that all his difficult work and give up has paid off. I need to create them pleased and there nation glad. I need them to know that he raised me well. I'm doing this for something greater than me. Since the day I purchase my guardians a house is the day I can say that I did it. My work to them is to be a fruitful men.

Shanaya J.  on 9/22/2020 10:53:14 AM

With this scholarship and the need-based grants I have been awarded, I can complete my education and continue to solve problems within my community. The #1 killer among us young people is in fact this "driving" crisis! As young people we sometimes aren't led the right way, but this isn't about being led the right way, but being the greater impact of this generation. We must change if we want "CHANGE"! I myself, am not scared to make a change when i see fit, whether that's making social media group chats to speaking on the news to traveling and speaking about how we can make a change vs just "trying to make a change. We speak so highly on changing but never take a stand and actually put forth the effort to make this impact happen. Thanks for the opportunity.

Dylan G.  on 9/16/2020 8:43:38 PM

Thank you for the opportunity!!

Joseph B  on 9/13/2020 9:24:38 PM

I for one have experienced loss due to reckless driving. My uncle lost his life in a car accident, he was drinking and driving and it was felt through our entire family. I push for anyone I am in the vehicle with to put their phone down and to just focus on the road, "I can do the texting for you." I drive for Domino's Pizza and every single day I see so many young people on their phones and driving and I have almost been run off the road due to it, it is NOT okay to just shoot a quick text, please pay attention.

Kaylee Y  on 8/6/2020 12:27:28 AM

sounds cool!

Kaylee S  on 3/11/2020 8:40:48 AM

I would love to help be apart of a community that is trying to get rid of reckless driving. My mother has a friend that lost her daughter in a car accident, a semi was not paying any attention to the road and ran a red light. He hit the girls car, and their car flipped. My mothers friends daughter passed away, and the whole community was very devastated for their loss. It is not hard to pay attention to the road, you have not only your safety to worry about, but you also have to worry about other people's safety as well. This is why nobody should ever text and drive, or drink and drive. If you do this, you could hurt someone very badly & that would devastate their loved ones. We need to think before we get behind the wheel!

Cindy F  on 2/27/2020 1:51:14 PM

Thank you for the opportunity!