The Megan Cornog Memorial
Highway Safety Scholarship

Megan Cornog

The Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship is awarded to a student with an interest in transportation who is enrolled full-time in a graduate program, working toward a master’s degree, at any of the University of North Carolina system campuses.

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 related areas, including, but not limited to, engineering, driver behavior, planning, public health and environmental issues.

HSRC invites scholarship winners to present on their research and experience during a lunch-and-learn session in the HSRC office. For example, 2016 winner Yulin Deng presented on the effects of on-road signs on driver attention allocation and performance. 

A call for applications is issued each spring, and candidates for the annual $1,000 scholarship are evaluated on a 500-1,000 word essay, as well as academic performance, career goals, extracurricular and professional activities, and work experience.

Megan Cornog 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.

The deadline to submit for the Fall 2019 semester has passed. We will re-open the opportunity to apply for this scholarship in the Spring of 2020.

Previous scholarship winners (with their universities and areas of study):

  • 2018: Kaitlin Heatwole (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health/Department of City and Regional Planning)
  • 2017: Jonathan Holt and Detective Justin Stirewalt (both University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Public Administration)
  • 2016: Yulin Deng (North Carolina State University – Industrial Engineering)
  • 2015: Hallie Clark (North Carolina State University – Human Factors and Applied Cognition)
  • 2014: Lauren Cochran (East Carolina University – Occupational Therapy)
  • 2013: *not awarded*
  • 2012: Laura Peoples (University of North Carolina-Greensboro – Public Health)
  • 2011: Zachary Bugg (North Carolina State University – Transportation Systems Engineering)
  • 2010: Michael Ousdahl (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – City and Regional Planning/Public Administration) and Catherine Vladutiu (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Epidemiology)
  • 2009: Katherine Hebert (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – City and Regional Planning/Urban Planning)
  • 2008: Kathryn Martin (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Public Health)
  • 2007: Chava Kronenberg (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – City and Regional Planning)