What We Do
The Lutzie 43 Foundation gives back in several ways that support our mission: to encourage and empower young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving through
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, MENTORSHIP AND REAL WORLD-APPLICATION.
43 KEY SECONDS INITIATIVE
SUPPORTING PHILIP’S PASSIONS
43 KEY SECONDS
The Lutzie 43 Foundation exists to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents, ultimately diminishing the number of deaths caused by unsafe driving. The foundation fulfills this mission by encouraging and empowering young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving, carried out through our 43 Key Seconds initiative.
The physical “43 Key Seconds” key serves as a reminder to take the 43 key seconds when you get into the car to conduct the safe driving checklist:
Ensure you have a clear head- one that is not affected by alcohol, drugs, emotions or fatigue.
Have clear hands- send a text, adjust the radio and put all devices away so you can drive hands-free.
Set your sights on the road ahead. Do not look to the side at a passenger or down at a text.
Finally, click your seatbelt. It’s the law and could save your life!
43 KEY SECONDS SAFE DRIVING TALKS:
Mike Lutzenkirchen, Philip’s father, spreads the word through the “43 Key Seconds” Talk, which is his honest and courageous discussion of Philip’s life and the car accident that led to his death. In his talk, Mike encourages young people to learn from the mistakes his son made, while being inspired by his many positive character attributes.Request a Talk
SAFE DRIVING SUMMITS:
The Lutzie 43 Foundation co-hosts Safe Driving Summits that allow everyone from teens to adults to hear Philip’s story and how the Lutzie 43 Foundation is on a mission to prevent further deaths caused by unsafe driving. These summits provide students with hands-on experiences that demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.Request a Summit
Our PFL (Prepared for Life) scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding character in the areas of service and leadership, showing these characteristics in their decision to serve as positive ambassadors for safe driving to their peers and in their communities.
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.
To become eligible, students who have signed the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge will be asked to submit an essay (between 250-750 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 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 signed the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge within two years of their application submission.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,300 award, paid directly to his or her enrolling institution. 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.
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.
Mentor and Peer Letters or Recommendations:
Applicants must sign the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge within two years of their application submission. Additionally, the application requires a peer recommendation form that speaks to the applicant’s driving habits, as well as a recommendation essay completed by a mentor. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required information. 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 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.
- Step one: Submit your application electronically using our form.
- Step two: Send your peer and mentor of choice the following instructions:
- Submit a 250-300 word recommendation letter that speaks to the applicant’s driving habits and overall character. This letter should advocate for the applicant’s ability to stand up for what is right on and off the road in the face of peer pressure.
- The recommendation letter should include the peer or 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with subject line “**APPLICANT NAME** Recommendation Letter” by April 15.
- Step three: Follow up with your peer and 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.