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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 2020 application site will open September 2019.

The 2020 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. Set for March 15-17 in Tampa, Florida, 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.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a student enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at an accredited college or university during the 2019-20 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 there are no suitable applicants.

Scholarship Award

Students who live and/or attend school within 50 miles of Tampa will be awarded $500; all others will receive $1,000. The scholarship will be given directly to the recipient at the conference in Tampa (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 three lunches and refreshment breaks. You are expected to attend the entire conference. 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 complete an online orientation and participate in a preconference program with industry leaders on Saturday afternoon, March 14 immediately followed by a reception with Lifesavers Planning Committee members and invited guests, a debriefing with the conference planning team on Monday afternoon, March 16, 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.

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

2019 Traffic Safety Scholars

2018 Traffic Safety Scholars

2017 Traffic Safety Scholars

2017 traffic safety scholars 

2016 Traffic Safety Scholars

2016 traffic safety scholars