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Scholarship Application

Philip Francis Lutzenkirchen became a household name during his football career at Auburn, but his impact and legacy extended well beyond his days on the gridiron. As a loving brother, son, friend and devout follower of Christ, he impacted his communities in many ways through service, leadership, mentorship and genuine compassion. Established in Philip’s memory, the PFL (Prepared For Life) Character Scholarship program equips outstanding young people with the tools and lessons he or she needs to leave a lasting and profound legacy through mentor development, education and scholarship.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To become eligible, students who have signed the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge will be asked to submit an essay (between 500-750 words) describing how they have been impacted by their experience with the Lutzie 43 Foundation and how they have applied the safe driving habits to their lives. Applicants to the Lutzie 43 Foundation Scholarship Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors or current postsecondary undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time accredited program at a two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the United States. Applicants must plan to continue their education in the fall semester immediately following the distribution of the 2020 PFL Scholarship.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) at the time of application.

Applicants must sign the 43 Key Seconds safe driving pledge and must apply within two years of signing the safe driving pledge or applicants need to re-sign pledge.

Applicants currently enrolled in post secondary university or college must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) at the time of the application.

Applicants currently enrolled in post secondary university or college must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester.

Applicants that are enrolling in post secondary university or college must enroll in 12 hours per semester.

Scholarship Awards:

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,300 award, paid directly to his or her enrolling institution over a four-year period. If selected, the recipient will receive $1,300 for their first year. The remainder of the $4,300 will be distributed over all the remaining years of your undergraduate college education at the rate of $1,000 per year over no more than four years. If the applicant is enrolled in secondary school, the distribution of the scholarship will be discussed and planned out with the recipient.  The Scholarship Program will be administered in full compliance with IRS Revenue reporting requirements. Awards are non-renewable. Awards are for a two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the United States study only. Award payments will be made upon the evidence of tuition expenses and shall not exceed such expenses for a period of one calendar year. Students seeking degrees through online or distance learning programs exclusively shall not be eligible. Individual online courses are permitted when they are a part of required curriculum taught in the campus environment and when such courses are only available online or through distance learning.

Application Items:

Interested students must complete the application and submit the written essay electronically along with a current, complete transcript of grades. Transcripts must be official documents and may be attached to the email. Grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants may request their school send the transcript directly to the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Applications and essays are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications or applications without an essay may not be considered. While the Lutzie 43 Foundation will make all reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of all submitted information, the foundation cannot be responsible for any breach of confidentiality resulting from electronic transmittal of the application and related documents. Applications will be reviewed by board members and associates of the foundation as deemed appropriate by the foundation. The foundation will not be responsible for returning or disposing of any materials provided by the applicant.

Mentor Letters of Recommendation:

Applicants must sign the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge within two years of their application submission. Additionally, the application requires a mentor letter of recommendation. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required information. An applicant mentor letter of recommendation should be from a teacher, coach, mentor, clergy or other adult figure in the applicant’s life. The letter may not come from a parent or relative to the applicant.

Application Submission:

  • Step one: Submit your application electronically using our form.
  • Step two: Send your mentor of choice the following instructions:
    • Submit a 250-300 word recommendation letter that speaks to the applicant’s overall character, current involvement in organizations/clubs, and their leadership. This letter should advocate for the applicant’s ability to stand up for what is right on and off the road.
    • The recommendation letter should include the mentor’s full name, email and phone number. They will not be contacted unless the Lutzie 43 Foundation has a question regarding the content of their submission.
    • Save the recommendation letter as a PDF and email it to Katie Stotts (stotts@knighteady.com) with subject line “**APPLICANT NAME** Recommendation Letter” by April 15.
  • Step three: Follow up with your mentor of choice to ensure they have submitted their required pieces. The Lutzie 43 Foundation is not responsible for any missing application items. All application requirements must be submitted by April 15 in order to be considered for the scholarship.