The MORSE Code College Scholarship Contest challenges DPS 11th and 12th grade students to create an audio, video, graphic or essay message on the dangers of distracted driving, especially cell phone use while operating a vehicle. Application and contest details are available at www.morsecodecontest.com.
Scholarship funds are for tuition and/or books for students enrolled full-time at an accredited community college or university. Application and submissions must be postmarked or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 31, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified April 2, 2012.
“We are very grateful to the Michael Morse Law Firm for establishing this unique scholarship for DPS juniors and seniors,” said Chacona W. Johnson, President & CEO, Detroit Public Schools Foundation. “The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is pleased to partner with Michael Morse to encourage safe driving while supporting future educational opportunities for DPS students.”
Up to 300 word essays, 60-second audio or video messages, or graphic pictures will be judged on the strength of their message. Morse hopes this contest will provide students a reason to explore the issue of distracted driving and develop usable strategies to end the problem.
“Too often, I hear stories of people whose lives have been tragically impacted by distracted drivers. Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving is a dangerous combination,” said attorney Michael Morse. “Teens have the ability to use their creativity and voice to make a change, and this contest is a great way to share an important message while helping DPS students further their education.”
Cell phone use and distracted driving, including texting and driving, are playing a major role on Michigan’s highways. The National Safety Council has estimated that 1 million people are chatting or texting behind the wheel at any given moment. The combination of texting and driving is becoming as lethal as getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.