San Francisco-based Civil Service Employees Insurance Group (CSE Insurance) has launched the 2010 CSE Youth Scholarship Program, an annual essay competition designed to promote awareness of driver safety among young people.
As part of the program, CSE will designate $12,000 in scholarships to winning entrants based on their essays of 500 words or less that discuss ways in which the teenage automobile accident rate can be reduced. This is the 14th year CSE has sponsored the program, which is open to eligible high school seniors in Arizona, California, and Nevada who are children of public employees. Essays are evaluated on originality, creativity and written proficiency.
The competition is divided into three geographic regions: Northern California, Southern California, and Arizona/Nevada. In each region, CSE will offer scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 each for third through fifth places. The scholarship awards are to be applied toward the students’ school-related expenses for the 2010–2011 academic year.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers,” said Pierre Bize, president and CEO of CSE Insurance. “As part of our 60-year commitment to protecting our communities, CSE Insurance is proud to sponsor a program that encourages teens to realize the responsibilities they hold every time they drive.”
To be eligible for the competition, a student must be attending his or her senior year of high school. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and must have been accepted to an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or trade school, in the United States with intent to enroll as a full-time freshman by the Fall 2010 session.
In addition, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian must be a currently-employed or retired full-time peace officer, firefighter, educator, postal employee, military personnel, or other federal, state, or local government worker.
All submissions must be received by Monday, April 5, 2010.
Further details are available at http://cseinsurancegroup.blogspot.com/2010/01/our-scholarship-contest-and-ultimate.html. Program instructions and a downloadable application form can be found at www.cseinsurance.com/scholarship.htm.