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Chaffin Luhana Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship

The 2017-2018 National Chaffin Luhana Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest Has Ended

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year’s contest!

One of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s missions is to drive down the staggering number of distracted driving accidents in the United States. The Foundation will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a student who helps us in this fight by submitting an inspiring personal essay.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be currently registered at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
  • Currently going into or in final year of high school or enrolled as an undergraduate student.
  • Must be under the age of 25 as of April 30, 2018.
  • Scholarship money must be used towards student housing, books, or tuition.


Submission Criteria & Rules:

Write an original 500-750 word essay about one of the following topics:

  • Personal Experience. Have you had a personal experience with distracted driving? If so, how has it impacted your life?
  • Take charge. Create a realistic distracted driving awareness campaign to effectively reduce the number of distracted driving related auto accidents in the U.S. Please include: ways to better educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving; steps that can be taken to prevent new, young drivers from distracted driving; and actionable steps that can be taken to put an end to distracted driving.
  • Technology. How do you think technology and recent technology advancements have impacted the rise of distracted driving in the United States? Also, how big of a role do you believe that technology can have in putting an end to distracted driving? **Properly cite any statistics, surveys, studies, or news stories that you use in your essay to support your points**


The following information MUST be included in your essay submission to be considered:

  • Post your essay on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc…) and include a link to your post at the bottom of your essay. Be sure to remove any personal information when posting on social media. A Google Doc link will not be considered as a social media post.
  • At the end of the essay, include your age, the name of the accredited school/college/university you currently attend, and your plans for the future.


Submission Deadlines:

This year’s contest ended on April 30, 2018.

how not to be a lawyer

according to eric t. chaffin

“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill outside of Pittsburgh. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

eric t. chaffin

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