9th Annual Scholarship Contest Underway

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Western PA High School Seniors Create Plans to Discourage Peers from Drunk Driving or Distracted Driving

Western Pennsylvania high school seniors are encouraged to enter the 9th Annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest sponsored by Edgar Snyder & Associates.

The law firm, which helps injured people, is asking seniors to create programs that will prevent their peers from underage drinking, drunk driving, or distracted driving. Students can submit entries using a number of creative options, including videos, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, websites, essays, or any other approach they feel will effectively get the message across to their classmates.

A panel of outside judges will review the submissions and award one grand prize scholarship of $10,000, a second place scholarship of $3,000, and a third place scholarship of $2,500.

"At the law firm, we see the devastating aftermath of drunk driving and distracted driving accidents—that is why we spend significant resources to promote the ‘Don't Drink & Drive' and ‘Don't Text & Drive' messages," said Attorney Edgar Snyder. "What makes this program especially effective is that teens develop the messages for other teens. Sure, they know the risks and have heard the warnings from adults, but it leaves a more meaningful impact when coming from a peer."

Since the scholarship contest's inception in 2007, the law firm has awarded 70 scholarships totaling over $100,000.

High schools seniors entering the contest must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the Summer or Fall of 2015. All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 27, 2015 to be eligible.

For official rules or to request more detailed information, visit EdgarSnyder.com/scholarship or, call Edgar Snyder & Associates at 1-800-394-3660 ext. 1769.