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February 11, 2021

Categories: PFL Scholarship

PFL Scholarship Application is OPEN!

The PFL Scholarship is now open until March 31! Below you will find more information on the PFL Scholarship and what you can expect throughout the application process. 

Established in memory of Philip Frances Lutzenkirchen, the PFL (Prepared For Life) Character Scholarship provides outstanding young students with the tools and opportunities needed to ensure he or she will leave a lasting and profound legacy through mentorship, education and scholarship. Philip became a household during his football career at Auburn, but his impact and legacy extended beyond his days spent in Jordan-Hare. As a loving brother, son, friend, and devout follower of Christ, he impacted the lives within his communities through service, leadership, mentorship, and genuine compassion. 

If interested in applying, 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 currently enrolled in grad school are still eligible to apply. 

Applicants to the PFL Scholarship Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors or current post-secondary 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 2021 PFL Scholarship.
  • 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 the 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.

Application Items:

Students must complete the application and submit the written essay electronically along with a current, complete transcript of grades. Additionally, the applicant must supply a mentor letter of recommendation from either a teacher, coach, mentor, clergy, or another adult figure. The mentor can not be the applicant’s parent or guardian. Incomplete applications or applications without an essay will not be considered. 

How To Submit Your Application:

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 any leadership positions they have held. 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.
  • The recommendation letter should include why the applicant would be a good representative of the Lutzie 43 Foundation and the 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative.
  • Save the recommendation letter as a PDF and email it to Katie Stotts, stotts@knighteady.com, with the subject line “**APPLICANT NAME** Recommendation Letter” by March 31.

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. 

What to Expect if Selected to be a Scholarship Recipient:

If selected as a recipient of the PFL Scholarship, students will receive a $4,300 award paid directly to his or her institution over a four year period. The student will receive $1,300 the first year and the remainder of the award distributed over the remainder of your college years. 

The recipient will be asked to support the Lutzie 43 Foundation in several ways over the remaining term of your scholarship including:

  • Writing a blog post about winning the PFL Scholarship.
  • Distributing 10 43 Key seconds keys and sharing the message of 43 Key Seconds to people in your college’s community.
  • Share on social media 6-8 times about the foundation, events, and end of year campaign.
  • Create a personal fundraiser for his or her birthday that benefits the Lutzie 43 Foundation.
  • Support the annual Road Race in August as a volunteer. 
  • Provide the foundation with semester and yearly grade results.
  • Send a year-in-review letter each year to Mike Lutzenkirchen in order to receive the rest of your scholarship funds. 

We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know our applicants! To apply, click here