Lutzie 43 Foundation Announces 17 Prepared for Life Scholarship Recipients

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

The Lutzie 43 Foundation selected 17 college and high school students as recipients of this year’s $4,300 Prepared for Life (PFL) Scholarship. More than 50 applicants were reviewed by Lutzie Board members and staff. The 2024 class brings the total number of scholarships distributed by the Lutzie 43 Foundation since 2014 to 112 totaling more than $466,000.

The PFL Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding character in the areas of service and leadership, exemplifying their leadership capabilities in their decision to serve as positive ambassadors for safe driving to their peers and in their communities. Scholarship recipients align with the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s mission to end distracted, impaired and unsafe driving. Their passion for safe driving is showcased through their application and understanding of the 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative. 

Each student receives a $4,300 scholarship in honor of Philip Lutzenkirchen, who wore number 43 during his time on Auburn University’s football team. The recipients are as follows.

Alexus "Destiny" Harrison from Maretta, Georgia graduating from Lassiter High School
Blair Woodley from Thorsby, Alabama graduating from Jemison High School
Claire Simpson from Auburn, Alabama attending Auburn University
Corrissa Velder from Bluffton, South Carolina attending University of Georgia
Elizabeth Fitts from Mobile, Alabama graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Elsie Clare Coppage from Troy, Alabama graduating from Charles Henderson High School
Emli Hewette from Hoschton, Georgia graduating from Cherokee Bluff High School
Grace Swain from Mobile, Alabama graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Jessica Scott from Enterprise, Alabama graduating from Enterprise High School
Joseph Smith from Atlanta, Georgia  graduating from Booker T. Washington
Marsean Cohen from Chicago, Illinois graduating from Simeon Career Academy
Nathaniel Hayes from Guyton, Georgia graduating from Effingham County High School
Riley Smith from Braselton, Georgia graduating from Cherokee Bluff High School
Samuel Jones from Summerdale, Alabama attending Auburn University
Sarakate Yancey from Southside, Alabama graduating from Southside High School
Shaw Mixon from Marietta, Georgia graduating from Lassiter High School
Tavaria Johnson from Childersburg, Alabama attending Jacksonville State University

To be eligible for the PFL scholarship, students are required to sign the 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Pledge, complete the Safeguarding Your Legacy Curriculum and submit four essays, ranging from 500 to 750 words, describing their experiences with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, how they have been influenced by these experiences and how they have integrated safe driving habits into their daily lives.

“Reviewing this year's applications has been an inspiring journey for the Lutzie 43 Foundation board and me,” expressed Brittany Spillman, Lutzie 43 Foundation Curriculum and Scholarship Committee Board Chair and Director of Community and Collegiate Programming for the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. "It's clear that all applicants, particularly the 17 deserving recipients, have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their communities and a strong commitment to promoting safe driving. By investing in these students, the foundation is not only fostering a culture of safe driving but also empowering them to advocate for our 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative among their peers.”