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

Chapel Hill, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2019) – The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center announced today that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is open to students who will be working toward a master’s degree at any of the University of North Carolina campuses in fall 2019. (This includes students in the first several years of a combined master’s/Ph.D. program.) Candidates will be asked to contribute 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.
The scholarship was established in 2006 and is awarded annually. HSRC most recently awarded the scholarship in 2018 to Kaitlin Heatwole, who is pursuing dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning degrees with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC-CH Department of City and Regional Planning, respectively.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2019. The scholarship recipient will be announced in July 2019. Complete application and submission details can be found at www.hsrc.unc.edu/scholarship.

About UNC Highway Safety Research Center
The mission of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center is to improve the safety, sustainability and efficiency of all surface transportation modes through a balanced, interdisciplinary program of research, evaluation and information dissemination. For more than 50 years, HSRC has been a leading research institute that has helped shape the field of transportation safety. For more information, visit www.hsrc.unc.edu.