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Lutzie 43 Foundation Announces 17 Prepared for Life Scholarship Recipients

Driving Change: Lutzie 43 Foundation grants scholarships to young leaders who have committed to being ambassadors for safe driving in their communities.

ATLANTA – May 8, 2024 – The Lutzie 43 Foundation selected 17 college and high school students as recipients of this year’s $4,300 Prepared for Life (PFL) Scholarship. More than 50 applicants were reviewed by Lutzie Board members and staff. The 2024 class brings the total number of scholarships distributed by the Lutzie 43 Foundation since 2014 to 112 totaling more than $466,000.

The PFL Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding character in the areas of service and leadership, exemplifying their leadership capabilities in their decision to serve as positive ambassadors for safe driving to their peers and in their communities. Scholarship recipients align with the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s mission to end distracted, impaired and unsafe driving. Their passion for safe driving is showcased through their application and understanding of the 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative.

Each student receives a $4,300 scholarship in honor of Philip Lutzenkirchen, who wore number 43 during his time on Auburn University’s football team. The recipients are as follows.

Alexus “Destiny” Harrison from Maretta, Georgia graduating from Lassiter High School
Blair Woodley from Thorsby, Alabama graduating from Jemison High School
Claire Simpson from Auburn, Alabama attending Auburn University
Corrissa Velder from Bluffton, South Carolina attending University of Georgia
Elizabeth Fitts from Mobile, Alabama graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Elsie Clare Coppage from Troy, Alabama graduating from Charles Henderson High School
Emli Hewette from Hoschton, Georgia graduating from Cherokee Bluff High School
Grace Swain from Mobile, Alabama graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Jessica Scott from Enterprise, Alabama graduating from Enterprise High School
Joseph Smith from Atlanta, Georgia  graduating from Booker T. Washington
Marsean Cohen from Chicago, Illinois graduating from Simeon Career Academy
Nathaniel Hayes from Guyton, Georgia graduating from Effingham County High School
Riley Smith from Braselton, Georgia graduating from Cherokee Bluff High School
Samuel Jones from Summerdale, Alabama attending Auburn University
Sarakate Yancey from Southside, Alabama graduating from Southside High School
Shaw Mixon from Marietta, Georgia graduating from Lassiter High School
Tavaria Johnson from Childersburg, Alabama attending Jacksonville State University