Christensen Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. Texting or using a smartphone has been cited in a number of accidents, but other activities such as eating, talking with passengers, applying makeup, shaving, or changing the radio station can cause someone to lose focus and take their hands off the steering wheel or their eyes off the road.

Christensen Law has seen firsthand the devastating effects that distracted driving accidents can cause. We have represented clients who have suffered severe injuries that could have easily been avoided had someone not looked down to pick up a French fry or sent that last text. It is our hope that by offering this $1,000 scholarship, we can help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Who is Eligible?
The $1,000 scholarship contest is open to anyone in the United States who is pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited college or university. Proof of enrollment is required. The scholarship is open to every major or degree. College is expensive. Books, tuition, living expenses – it all adds up. A check for the full amount will be made payable to the recipient’s college or university and the student will be expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

We are looking for applications of approximately 1,800-2,000 words.
Essays should be emailed to:

  • Applicants must provide proof of identity and school enrollment.
  • Application must be submitted by July 15, 2020. (No exceptions!) A decision will be rendered and a winner will be notified by August 15, 2020.

What to Write
We want to know how distracted driving has impacted your life. Feel free to be creative, but all submissions must be original! Here are some potential ideas:

  • A personal story about you or someone you know who has been involved in a distracted driving accident and how it affected your life.
  • A distracted driving campaign that you’ve been involved in and what impact the campaign made on the community or audience it was aimed at.
  • An article about why you shouldn’t text and drive that will be of interest specifically to younger drivers.
  • A story (fiction or non-fiction) about distracted driving.

You may also visit our blog for more information regarding distracted driving cases and auto accidents.

We will only accept submissions that have been emailed to

Please do not call or email us or submit anything through our website. We will only accept submissions that have been emailed or mailed with the Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship 2020 Application Form. Once we have received your application, we will send you an email confirming receipt.

Winning Applications
One (1) essay will be chosen based upon quality and content. The winning entry will be published on our blog and promoted throughout our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).  By submitting your entry, you are giving up all rights to the piece and granting us permission to reprint and publish the piece at our discretion. We will also request a photograph of the winner to use on our social media channels when we announce the winner.

We can’t wait to read your entries!

2019 Christensen Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship Winner: Rosemary Waas

2018 Christensen Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship Winner: Alexis Williams

2017 Christensen Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship Winner: Gabrielle Ponds

2016 Christensen Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship Winner: Joshua Hardin

Josh Hardin is an advocate for victims of sex trafficking in his home state of Arkansas.  He has served as president of H.U.manity (Harding University’s anti-human trafficking club) and assists Partners Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) in the reintegration of victims back into society as well as the training of new volunteers.  Josh graduated from Harding University in 2015 with degrees in psychology and criminal justice and will attend Bowen School of Law in the fall of 2016.  Josh currently lives in Searcy, Arkansas.


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