UNC Highway Safety Research Center announces call for $1000 scholarship

CHAPEL HILL, NC (March 8, 2011) - The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is seeking applications for the Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship from master's-level, graduate students with an interest in the field of highway safety.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to a full-time, master's-level graduate student with an interest in transportation safety who will be enrolled in the fall of 2011 at any of the University of North Carolina campuses. Applicants will be asked in a 500-1000 word essay to explain how their field of study could be used to prevent motor-vehicle-related deaths and injuries on North Carolina roads. Candidates will also be evaluated based on academic performance, extracurricular and professional activities, and work experience.

Named in memory of HSRC staff member, Megan Cornog, the purpose of the scholarship is to foster the education and professional development of graduate students with an interest in transportation safety-related areas, including but not limited to, engineering, driver behavior, planning, public health and environment.

Megan died Sunday, November 7, 2010 at her home in Carrboro, N.C., after a courageous battle with cancer. Earning her master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2009, Megan began her career working as a project coordinator for HSRC, focusing on pedestrian and bicycle issues.

Since the Center established the scholarship in 2006, HSRC has awarded five scholarships to graduate students in the UNC system. HSRC awarded the 2010 scholarship to Catherine J. Vladutiu and Michael Ousdahl. Vladutiu is a doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill in the department of epidemiology. Ousdahl is a master's candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill in the departments of city and regional planning and public administration.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. The scholarship recipient(s) will be announced in June 2011. The application and complete details can be found at www.hsrc.unc.edu/scholarship.


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