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Anthony McPherson Memorial Automotive Scholarship

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Picture of the donor
Denese McPherson
1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Nov 8, 2024
Winners Announced
Dec 8, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Interest:
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student

Anthony McPherson, left this planet at the age of 26 to go on a heavenly adventure on 7/9/2017. His body gave up his spirit immediately in a car accident because of an intoxicated driver. His goals and dreams were cut short but will pick up in the new life to be.

 Anthony had a passion for cars, technology, and media. He attended car meets and built sound systems for car installation. He was a devoted son, brother and friend until his life came to an abrupt halt.  He was always working on vehicles, whether pulling the engines apart or running diagnostics. His ultimate goal was to open his own car business. He was a devout born again Christian and we are so blessed with the time we had with him. He is now with his Lord and we can't wait to see him again. 

 Unfortunately, 28 people in the US alone die every day in drunk-driving crashes, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths per year and continue to escalate.

This scholarship seeks to honor the life of Anthony McPherson by raising awareness about drunk driving and supporting students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.

Any high school or undergraduate student who’s pursuing the automotive industry may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, express your creativity through the use of various media such as videos, art, which depicts dui OR write an essay regarding the effects of DUIs and strategies that can be used to prevent them; as well as the correlation of the affects to those that are left behind.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published April 8, 2024
Essay Topic

Tell us about the effects of DUIs and strategies that can be used to prevent them from a moral and technical viewpoint as well as the impact it has on family and friends.

0–600 words

Winning Application

Bailey Simmons
Alexandria Senior High SchoolAlexandria, LA
The effects of DUIs can be devastating, deadly, and debilitating. I have experienced this in my family. At the hand of a drunk driver, my uncle was the victim of a hit and run. Because of this choice, not one but three cars struck my uncle! When a driver chooses to drive with alcohol, they are putting their lives and the lives of others at great risk. DUIS can cause Bodily harm and fatalities. If you get arrested for a DUI, you have to live with the consequences. It can put your finances in a crunch. You will have to pay for your mistakes in fines. You will pay jail time if convicted and get a criminal record. You will have freedoms taken away such as a suspended license and have to pay higher insurance. You could lose your reputation by losing your job and maybe even prevent career opportunities because of it, and you will have negative labels on you for the rest of your life causing extreme shame and embarrassment. There are some steps to prevent DUIs. The best one is to not drink. If you must drink, you must make smart choices when choosing to engage in activities involving alcohol. Pick a responsible friend who is not going to drink alcohol to watch over you and help you stay safe. Know your limits when it comes to drinking. If you know you are going to drink, maybe drink one drink and cut yourself off so you will NOT get drunk then wait responsibly before you drive or call a friend or loved one to help you get home. You can also decide to spend the night at someone's house before you make your way home so that you will not hurt yourself or others by driving. There are programs and resources available in schools, communities, and states that provide reliable information to make you aware of the effects of alcoholism and drunk driving. These need to be readily available so that you can know the consequences of your actions. If you or someone you know has an alcohol problem, they need to seek help and treatment right away and it needs to be financially affordable, encouraging, and have an attainable reachable goal so that offenders will not give up the program before they even start it. There are also laws and penalties for driving drunk that the public needs to be aware of so that they can know the dangers of driving impaired. Funding and resource information needs to be easily accessible. Taking the necessary steps to protect people from DUI is a must. If you want to get on the road drunk, you will make a life-altering mistake. You need to have a plan in place that would include having designated drivers or using public transportation as a safe way to get home. Smart choices ensure that people do not get on the road after drinking. Make that choice today to either not drink or to use wisdom. Keep safety at the forefront of your mind so that you or people will not get hurt, and you won't suffer an arrest or be marked with jail time, loss of employment, and possibly your loved ones because of it. Take the time to get educated and hide your keys when you are tempted. DUI can have a negative effect on your life and the lives of the innocent. Do not allow three letters, (DUI) to ruin your life, take action today and live with a mind of safety using wisdom when choosing to drink alcohol and drive.
Long Hei Lam
University of Southern CaliforniaLOS ANGELES, CA
The effects of drunk driving are nothing short of devastating and far-reaching. When an intoxicated individual takes the wheel, they jeopardize not only their own life but also the safety of every other person on the road. It's a reckless act that brings about entirely preventable tragedies, with over 10,000 lives lost each year to this senseless behavior. One such life cut short was that of Anthony McPherson, a promising 26-year-old who fell victim to a drunk driver. While his dreams were cruelly extinguished, his memory can endure as a driving force for raising awareness about the perils of DUIs and igniting the spark for change. Losing a loved one to a drunk driving incident inflicts emotional and psychological wounds that can linger for a lifetime. The abrupt and traumatic nature of such loss often gives rise to complex and enduring grief among family and friends. The situation's injustice and senselessness typically engender deep-seated anger. The choice of a drunk driver can set off a ripple effect, impacting countless individuals far beyond the initial victim. Survivors are left grappling with unanswered questions, remorse, and the unenviable task of making sense of an unfathomable tragedy. The repercussions of drunk driving extend to legal and financial realms as well. A DUI conviction carries hefty fines, potential jail time, probation, mandatory ignition interlock devices, and license suspension or revocation. The financial burdens mount with medical and funeral expenses, along with legal representation costs, placing tremendous strain on affected families. For those who survive, expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation may become a lifelong reality. While individuals who cause harm due to drunk driving may face severe legal consequences, it can never truly compensate for the pain and suffering inflicted. Efforts to prevent drunk driving necessitate a multi-faceted approach, involving education, responsible choices, and changes in public policy. Initiatives targeting teenagers, providing them with knowledge about responsible drinking and the dangers of impaired driving, can effectively curb the problem at its source. To accomplish this, schools and community organizations require robust funding and support. For adults, the availability of ride-sharing services has been a step in the right direction, offering convenient transportation alternatives when impaired. However, the associated costs can pose a barrier, warranting consideration of subsidies or discounted fares to encourage safer choices. Establishments serving alcohol can contribute by offering breathalyzers and prominently displaying information about the associated risks. Furthermore, the enforcement of ignition interlock laws, more stringent blood alcohol content (BAC) limits, license suspensions, and DUI checkpoints has proven to be moderately effective as deterrents. Ultimately, the linchpin to success lies in perpetuating awareness and instigating shifts in societal attitudes. Anthony McPherson's aspirations were tragically unfulfilled due to a thoughtless act. While nothing can erase this profound tragedy, we can honor Anthony's memory by advocating for change and tirelessly working to prevent further senseless loss of life. Each small effort to raise awareness and initiate change contributes to a growing momentum. Through the dissemination of knowledge, unwavering commitment, and the implementation of policy reforms, we can strive to ensure that no other bright and talented young individuals have their futures unjustly curtailed. Anthony's indomitable spirit persists through these collective endeavors, aimed at educating and safeguarding all those who navigate our roads.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 8, 2024. Winners will be announced on Dec 8, 2024.