College Scholarship Program

2020-2021 Competition​

Winner awarded $1,500 Scholarship

What impact has driving
had on your life?


The DriveSafe Driving Schools 2020-2021 Scholarship Winner is...

Jessica Bustillos

DriveSafe Driving Schools is proud to announce the winner of its third annual competition where students were asked to submit an essay, video or audio, meme, poster, graphic design, public service announcement or other creative expression that addresses the question, “What impact has driving had on your life?”

Jessica Bustillos, a student at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, CO is this year’s winner of our $1500 scholarship. Jessica plans on attending the University of New Mexico. She wants to help children but cannot decide in what capacity, so she has decided to get trained to be both a teacher and a lawyer.  Chosen out of 800 entries, her winning essay, “Driving to Stay Driven,” will be posted to our blog soon.

Claire James

In addition, because the entries were so wonderful and it was so challenging to choose just one winner, for the first time we chose a runner-up prize winner of $750. Claire James, a student at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, ID, plans to attend San Francisco Film School; if she is accepted, she will earn her Associates of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking and become a professional filmmaker. Her winning video can be seen below.


As an education company committed to preparing students for their future, DriveSafe Driving Schools celebrates educational opportunities and recognizes the importance of higher education in helping individuals reach their greatest potential. To demonstrate our commitment, we are please to provide the DriveSafe Scholarship Competition, the winner of which will receive a $1,500 college scholarship. To compete for the scholarship, students must complete the application and submit an essay (500 words or less), video or audio (4 minutes or less), meme, poster, graphic design, public service announcement or other creative expression that addresses the following prompt:

What impact has driving had on your life?
(For social media posts, you must include #DriveSafeScholarship.)


With 12 locations across the Denver metro area and beyond, DriveSafe is the largest and most trusted driving school in Colorado. DriveSafe is committed to delivering the most comprehensive drivers education training across the state. Whether you are looking to enroll in a comprehensive classroom course, coming in for driving lessons, or opting to take the license test with DriveSafe, know that DriveSafe is trusted by more families in Colorado than any other driving school.


One scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to a high school senior or graduate with plans to attend college in the Fall of 2021

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a high school senior or graduate with plans to attend college in the Fall of 2021.
  • For social media posts, you must include #DriveSafeScholarship. If possible, please also provide a direct link to your post on social media in the form above.

Judging criteria

  • Originality
  • Fresh point of view
  • Creativity
  • Emotional impact
  • “Realness”
  • Thoughtfulness and maturity

Selection process

  • Winner will be notified on or around April 15, 2021.
  • The decision of the DriveSafe selection board is final.
  • The scholarship winner agrees to allow DriveSafe the right to publish the entrant’s name, photograph images, all personal and other information (including general locations) for the purpose of DriveSafe and the competition’s publicity, promotion, and news (including use in broadcast media, printed publications, editorial and PR activities, and online).

Additional Information


  • Application Due: March 1, 2021
  • Winner Notified: April 15, 2021


  • For a submission to be considered, it must not contain any inappropriate images, language, or content.
  • Eligibility for the competition requires a completed application form (above) and qualifying submission.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, March 1, 2021.
  • Essays may be submitted by email ([email protected]) or via the online application above.
  • All other submissions must be posted on one of the following platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok, along with #DriveSafeScholarship.

Other Details:

  • The DriveSafe Scholarship Competition is not open to employees of the company or their family members.
  • The decision of the judges is FINAL and is not subject to review.
  • The prize is exclusively for the winner and is neither transferrable nor exchangeable.
  • All submissions remain the property of the scholarship candidate. DriveSafe Driving Schools assumes no ownership rights.

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The behind the wheel experience includes:

  • A basic skills refresher (identifying and addressing any bad habits)
  • Defensive skills maneuvers
  • Parking lot skills – ability to safely navigate into tight spots by using mirrors without over-relying on new technologies
  • Any additional skills that are required for your organization (e.g., pulling trailers)


The classroom experience includes:

  • Safety driving principles
  • Defensive driving techniques (vehicle control and crash avoidance skills)
  • Driver attitude and responsibility
  • Distracted driving awareness
  • A refresher of the rules (most drivers have not been tested since they were 15)
  • A chance to introduce the rules that are “new” to experienced drivers


Your customized plan will:

  • Set expectations for your employees
  • Demonstrate your company’s commitment to a safe work environment
  • Reduce liability
  • Reflect your company’s priorities and particular requirements
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