Lutzie 43 Foundation awards five students PFL Character Scholarship

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Lutzie 43 Foundation has announced that five high school students from across the United States will receive $4,300 PFL (Prepared for Life) Character Scholarships for their postsecondary education. The $4,300 scholarship winners were selected through a rigorous application process where applicants had to discuss and demonstrate the impact on their thinking and actions resulting from their study and participation in the 43 Lessons to Legacy character development curriculum. The following five students from across the United States were named as recipients of the 2017 PFL Character Scholarship:

  • Nick Kramer, Naperville Central H.S. Naperville, Ill. (Senior)
  • Baylon Fry, Southside H.S., Gadsden, Ala. (Senior)
  • Zachary Kirschner, Lassiter High School, Marietta, Ga. (Senior)
  • Kerilyn Dubberly, Lee-Scott Academy, Auburn, Ala. (Junior)
  • Michael Zelinski, Gloucester Catholic, Gloucester, N.J. (Junior)

“The Lutzie 43 Foundation is humbled by the number of outstanding applications for our first annual PFL Character Scholarship. These five award recipients demonstrated tremendous growth from their journey through the 43 Lessons to Legacy curriculum program and are excellent representatives of the mission and values of our foundation,” said Mike Lutzenkirchen, Executive Director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation. “We want to help prepare them for successful completion of their education and lead them to successful careers that position them to give back to their communities and society.”

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 and 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 Lutzie 43 Foundation developed the 43 Lessons to Legacy curriculum to live out his legacy by focusing on character and mentor development in the lives of young people and their influencers. To add to this mission, the Lutzie 43 Foundation established the PFL (Prepared For Life) Character Scholarship program, which will now equip 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.

“Through the 43 Lessons to Legacy curriculum and scholarship program, our goal is to help safeguard young people, reduce poor decisions, and improve the way they serve and treat others,” remarked Mike Lutzenkirchen.

High school juniors or seniors and current postsecondary undergraduates enrolled in a full-time accredited program at a two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school who complete the 43 Lessons to Legacy program are eligible to apply for the scholarship by submitting a reflection essay about their experience. Applicants must also include a letter of recommendation from his or her mentor with the application.

The $4,300 PFL Character Scholarships will be awarded annually each spring. For more information on eligibility and how to apply for the 2018 awards cycle, visit

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