UNC Highway Safety Research Center seeking applications for $1,000 scholarship

CHAPEL HILL, NC (February 24, 2012) — The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) announced today it is accepting applications for the 2012 Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship from 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 at any of the University of North Carolina campuses in the fall of 2012. The application requires candidates to complete a 500-1000 word essay exploring 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 establishing the scholarship in 2006, HSRC has awarded six scholarships to graduate students in the UNC system. HSRC awarded the 2011 scholarship to Zachery Bugg, a doctorate candidate at NC State University in the department of civil, construction, and environmental engineering.

The deadline for applications is April 13, 2012. The scholarship recipient(s) will be announced in June 2012. The complete application and submission details can be found at www.hsrc.unc.edu/scholarship.


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