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PFL Scholarship

Our PFL (Prepared for Life) scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding character in the areas of service and leadership, showing these characteristics in their decision to serve as positive ambassadors for safe driving to their peers and in their communities.


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.

The 2023 PFL Scholarship application is now closed. To be the first to know when the 2024 application opens, click here.

Application Requirements

To become eligible, students who have signed the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge  and completed the  Safeguarding 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 Safeguarding Your Legacy Curriculum. Completing the curriculum is NOT your scholarship application.

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.

Details of the 2023 PFL Scholarship

The 2023 PFL Scholarship is closed. 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. To be the first to know when the 2024 PFL Scholarship Application opens, click here.