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

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (March 7, 2013) --The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) announced today it is accepting applications for the 2013 Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is open to students with an interest in transportation safety who will be enrolled full time in a master's program at any of the University of North Carolina campuses in the fall of 2013. The application requires candidates to complete a 500-1,000 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 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, Nov. 7, 2010 at her home in Carrboro, N.C., after a courageous battle with cancer. After 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 seven scholarships to graduate students in the UNC system. HSRC awarded the 2012 scholarship to Laura Peoples, a UNC-Greensboro student pursuing a master's degree in public health education, with an emphasis on community health education. After graduating, Peoples says she plans to work toward improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in North Carolina.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2013. The scholarship recipient(s) will be announced in July 2013. The complete application and submission details can be found at www.hsrc.unc.edu/scholarship.


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