Win Free Driver's Ed Classes!

October 15, 2018

In celebration of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Mercy Injury Prevention is sponsoring an essay contest that challenges teens to consider how they can make our roads safer. Winners will be awarded a scholarship covering the cost of the Mercy Driver Education Program (valued at $330). Prize includes 6, one-hour driving lessons (behind-the-wheel) that take place in our vehicles, one-on-one with our driving instructors. Prize also includes Alive at 25, a four-hour National Safety Council defensive driving seated course. 


The contest is open to writers ages 15 to 19 years old. Students must write a brief editorial on the following topic: "What can teens do to create safer roadways and drivers?" Editorials must be submitted to by Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at 8 a.m. to be considered.

Judges will select five scholarship winners, whose names will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Winners must have a valid permit before they can enroll in the driving program. After being selected, winners must follow the procedures of the driving program including registering online, scheduling an orientation meeting, providing a copy of the permit, signing the contract and scheduling the driving lessons. All lessons will begin and end at the Mercy Injury Prevention Center (1570 W. Battlefield, Suite 110, Springfield, Mo.) Winners have until July 1, 2019 to register.

Editorial Guidelines:

  • Must be the original work of the student
  • Each writer is limited to one submission
  • Typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1 page in length
  • Entries must include the completed contact form (below)
  • Judges are looking for a personal opinion piece, so please limit the use of data and statistics.

Editorials will be judged on their ability to address the topic in a thoughtful and organized manner. Judges will include traffic safety professionals in Southwest Missouri.

The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant's permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for use by the Mercy Injury Prevention Center.

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