Traffic Safety Scholars

Ever thought about a career in traffic safety? It’s a multi-disciplinary field providing tremendous opportunities for advocates, business/finance/management professionals, communicators, educators, engineers, injury prevention specialists, marketers, planners, police officers, public health practitioners, researchers, scientists, and others who want to make a difference in people’s lives. Government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and universities employ thousands of professionals who use their expertise to improve safety on our nation’s roadways.

The 2018 Traffic Safety Scholars (TSS) Program provides awards of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students to help defray the cost of attending the Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities on April 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas. You’ll not only learn about highway safety issues from leading experts, but network with the largest gathering of highway safety professionals anywhere in the country.

Applications are due by November 18, 2017 and students will be notified of their acceptance status on or before January 5, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a student enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at an accredited college or university during the 2017-18 academic year. Previous TSS applicants and recipients may apply.

Your application must include:

  • JPEG of your current student I.D.
  • Your faculty advisor’s name, title and contact information
  • 500 to 1,000-word original essay addressing the question asked on the application.

Evaluation Criteria

All qualified and eligible applications will be reviewed by a committee of traffic safety experts and judged on the basis of completeness and your essay. Priority will be given to students who submit poster presentations to the Lifesavers Conference discussing highway safety research initiatives.

Applicants may be subject to an interview with the Review Committee, which reserves the right to not award scholarships if it is deemed there are no suitable applicants.

Scholarship Award

Students who live and/or attend school within 50 miles of San Antonio will be awarded $500; all others will receive $1,000. The scholarship will be given directly to the recipient at the preconference reception in San Antonio (see below) and must be used to defray Lifesavers Conference expenses.

You must pay the $100 student registration fee (a discount of $250) that guarantees admission to more than 80 workshops, three plenary sessions and the exhibit hall, plus two lunches and refreshment breaks. This registration fee applies to all students attending Lifesavers (not just Traffic Safety Scholars).

Special lodging rates for the conference hotels are available only through the Lifesavers Conference reservations portal on this website.

You must participate in a preconference reception with industry leaders on Saturday, April 21 at 3:30 pm immediately followed by a reception with Lifesavers Planning Committee members and invited guests, a debriefing with the conference planning team on Monday, April 23, at 3:45 pm, and post about your Lifesavers experience on social media (Facebook, college/university website, blogging site) during or after the conference and forward the link to the Lifesavers Conference organizers for future promotional purposes.

View social media posts from the 2017 Traffic Safety Scholar recipients and blogs posted by the 2016 Conference Traffic Safety Scholar recipients.

2018 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars Scholarship Announcement document.

Questions? Contact Mary Lofgren at Lofgren@meetingsmgmt.com or call 703-922-7944.