2024 Young Women’s Scholarship
in Traffic Injury Prevention
This Scholarship in Traffic Injury Prevention is funded by donations to the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders, Inc (NAWHSL) from individuals, organizations and governmental organizations. It supports young women who aspire to a career saving lives and preventing injuries on the road. Dr. David A. Sleet, former Associate Director for Science in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and a plenary speaker at the 50th anniversary conference, initiated the fellowship to attract more women into leadership positions in traffic safety.
Application period: Opens October 15, 2023 Closes December 15, 2023
Notification of winner: January 15, 2024
Project Period: February – September, 2024
2024 Annual NAWHSL conference: September 5 – 7, 2024
The scholarship recognizes, assists and trains women working on research or practice-based projects in traffic injury prevention at an accredited University, or serving in an internship role or as an employee in governmental and non-governmental organizationsthat support traffic safety initiatives.
Apply if your project is related to one or more of these priority traffic safety issues:
• Vision Zero
• Drugs and Driving
• Older Drivers
• Teen drivers
• Texting and Driving
• Helmet use
• Occupant protection (seat belts and child restraints)
• Alcohol-impaired driving
• Evaluation of traffic safety programs
• Driver risk and protective factors
• Road, vehicle, or environmental change (e.g. built environment or traffic engineering)
Recipients of the award will receive the following:
• $1,000 stipend
• Scholarship certificate of completion
• Free one-year NAWHSL membership
• Complimentary registration at NAWHSL’s Annual Traffic Safety Leadership Conference
• An opportunity to provide an oral summary on the project
• NAWHSL recognition at the annual meeting and in the program
Applicants must be a full-time female college students (9 credit hours or more) or employees (20 hours or more/week), in an organization whose mission includes saving lives and preventing injuries on the road. Candidates must be age 30 or younger.
Projects may be related (but not limited to):
• Surveillance or data collection and/or analysis (including survey data)• Risk factor identification• Intervention development or implementation• Program Evaluation or dissemination• Public or professional awareness (including use of social media and APPS)• Development or use of theory
Awarded projects must be able to be completed within 7 months from the time of the award and be supervised by a named mentor (or professor) at the host institution/organization. Fellows must agree to attend the annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana to present a brief description of the project. Proposed projects may be new or ongoing. The applicant must have the primary role in conducting the project.
Requirements upon acceptance:
• Sign a scholarship agreement
• Submit a project timeline
• Submit a final report to NAWHSL at the end of the 7-month project period
• Prepare remarks for an oral presentation at the NAWHSL Annual conference
• Current resume or curriculum vitae.• Project proposal describing the rationale, intended purpose, process/methodology, andpotential impact of the project in 800 words or less. Proposed budget for $1,000.• One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor.• One letter of support from your designated faculty member or supervisor who plans to mentor you on the proposed project.
Proposals will be reviewed by a NAWHSL Fellowship Selection Committee for their scientific and/or theoretical basis, originality, and potential contribution to highway safety.
Applicants will be ranked according to:
• Clear identification of the problem and/or rationale for conducting the project
• Description of the theoretical or conceptual basis for the project
• Description of your target population
• Adequacy of research design and methods proposed
• How data will be collected or analyzed
• Description of the implementation, evaluation, or dissemination process
• Description of the potential contribution to saving lives and preventing injuries
• Addresses priority traffic safety issues, and
• Quality of writing.
Submit application to:
Shannon Ryder Shannon.Ryder@state.mn.usCertified Highway Traffic Safety Professional (HTSP), Minnesota Department of Public Safety
445 Minnesota St, Suite 1620 | St. Paul, MN 55101 651.201.7082 ots.dps.mn.gov
Reflections From Previous Scholarship Recipients
"Thank you so much for allowing me to present to such an amazing group! This will mark one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career, thus far. I am honored to have met each of you and look forward to connecting again soon!"
Gabriella De Oliveira , 2023
""The conference was an awesome experience. I feel that the conference gave me a great opportunity to make professional contacts, present/share the work that I am so proud of, and learn a ton about a variety of topics related to my work and the work of my colleagues.""