Meet Makenzie Eriksen, a 2022 PFL Scholarship Winner
I am honored to be a recipient of the 2022 Prepared For Life (PFL) Scholarship, and I give great thanks to the Lutzenkirchen family and the Lutzie 43 Foundation for their selflessness and generosity. This scholarship helps me to continue pursuing my dreams in my collegiate studies at The University of Georgia. Because of the Lutzenkirchen’s determination to keep Philip’s legacy alive and to end distracted driving, I have personally been impacted by their mission and will continue to influence those around me.
I first learned about the Lutzie 43 Foundation during the summer of my junior year in high school. While at dinner with my friend Sarah Murph, who is a 2021 PFL scholarship recipient, she handed me a 43 Key Seconds Key and told me to keep a “clear head, clear hands, clear eyes, and click it before turning the key.” After leaving dinner, I immediately researched the foundation and knew that I could not ignore the mission behind it. So, during my senior year of high school, I decided to begin sharing the “43 Lessons to Legacy” course with the sophomore class of my school. Throughout my time with the sophomores, along with studying the lessons myself, Philip’s life and legacy impacted me in more ways than I could imagine.
From these courses, I learned that Philip was not only an exceptional football player, but he was an even better person. To name a few, Philip was kind, sincere, and genuine. In addition, Philip was a friend and a servant. He did not live a life to be glorified by others, but he lived a life to glorify God. The way Philip lived his life has influenced me to live for a purpose greater than myself and to “Live like Lutz, Love like Lutz, and Learn from Lutz.”
Being a recipient of the PFL Scholarship has meant so much more to me than helping me financially in college. The Lutzie 43 Foundation has given me the opportunity to be an example to future drivers in my community, and I am so excited to continue spreading Philip’s legacy with my peers at The University of Georgia. The Lutzenkirchen family and the Lutzie 43 Foundation is accomplishing great things in the world by promoting safe driving and keeping Philip’s legacy alive, and I am so honored to have been chosen to be a part of their mission.