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 and completed the 43 Lessons to Legacy, What Legacy Are You Leaving Curriculum or the Safe Guarding Your Legacy Curriculum, will be asked to submit four essays (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 must submit an official transcript, resume and mentor letter of recommendation as a PDF in the application or emailed to [email protected] Applicants to the Lutzie 43 Foundation Scholarship Program must meet the following minimum criteria:
Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors or current undergraduate or graduate students 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) at the time of application.
Applicants must sign the 43 Key Seconds safe driving pledge. You must apply within two years of signing the safe driving pledge or applicants need to re-sign pledge.
Applicants must complete the 43 Lessons to Legacy, What Legacy are You Leaving Curriculum or the Safe Guarding Your Legacy Curriculum.
Applicants must plan to continue their education in the fall semester immediately following the distribution of the 2023 PFL Scholarship.
Applicants that are enrolling in post-secondary university or college must enroll in at least 12 hours per semester. Applicants currently enrolled in post-secondary university or college must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours per semester.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,300 award, paid directly to his or her enrolling institution over a four-year period. If selected, the recipient will receive $1,300 for their first year. The remainder of the $4,300 will be distributed over all the remaining years of your post-secondary college education at the rate of $1,000 per year over no more than four years. If the applicant is enrolled in secondary school, the distribution of the scholarship will be discussed and planned out with the recipient. The Scholarship Program will be administered in full compliance with IRS Revenue reporting requirements. Awards are non-renewable. Awards are for U.S.-based two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical schools 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 the 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. Applicants are also required to submit a resume. Applications and essays are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications or applications without an essay will not be considered. 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.
Mentor Letters of Recommendation:
The application requires a mentor letter of recommendation. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required information. An applicant mentor letter of recommendation should be from a teacher, coach, mentor, clergy or other adult figures in the applicant’s life. The letter may not come from a parent or relative to the applicant.
- 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 ([email protected]) with the subject line “**APPLICANT NAME** Recommendation Letter” by March 17.
- 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. All application requirements must be submitted by March 17 in order to be considered for the scholarship.
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 the confidentiality of all submitted information, the foundation cannot be responsible for any breach of confidentiality resulting from the 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.
The Lutzie 43 Foundation is not responsible for any missing application items. All application requirements must be submitted by March 17 in order to be considered for the scholarship.
If selected as a recipient of the 2023 $4,300 PFL Scholarship, you will receive $1,300 for your first year. From then, you will receive the remainder of the $4,300 over the remaining years of your undergraduate college education at a rate of $1,000 per year over no more than four years. If the applicant is currently enrolled in secondary school, the distribution of the scholarship will be discussed and planned out with the recipient.
Top finalists for the PFL Scholarship will be asked to participate in a 15-minute Zoom interview on April 17 or April 18. If selected, a representative from the Lutzie 43 Foundation will reach out to coordinate this interview. The interview will be conducted with various members of the Lutzie 43 Foundation.
If selected the recipient will be asked to support the Lutzie 43 Foundation in several ways over the remaining term of your scholarship.
- The recipient will be asked to write a blog post about winning the PFL Scholarship.
- If able, the recipient will be asked to support of annual Road Race that takes place in early August, as a volunteer at the event.
You will be asked to send a year-in-review letter to Mike Lutzenkirchen each year to receive the rest of the scholarship funds. Please review each year’s expectations below.
Please email [email protected] with any additional questions. Incomplete applications or applications missing elements will not be eligible to receive the PFL Scholarship.