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Oklahoma City law firm offers scholarships to prevent texting and driving

An Oklahoma City law firm will give scholarships to students who raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer Published: July 5, 2014
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The Burch, George & Germany law firm has announced an initiative to try to curb texting and driving by presenting a teen safety public service announcement scholarship.

The scholarship is open to students who will be high school seniors or college freshmen in the fall. Applicants must attend a high school or four-year college or university in Oklahoma, attorney Derek Burch said. Parents of eligible students also can apply and win the scholarships for their children.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000, and the second-place winner will receive $500. Judges will give one teen an honorable mention award of an iPad Mini, and one parent will receive an honorable mention award of a “kill switch” phone app. The app shuts down the ability of a telephone to text while the user is driving.

Applicants must send the firm an application form and a 30-second video similar to a public safety announcement educating viewers about the dangers of texting and driving.

“Part of our practice deals with automobile accidents,” Burch said. “We’ve been doing this a long time, but over the years, we’ve noticed that more and more accidents occur specifically when someone is texting. This scholarship is a way for us to raise awareness and do more for our community.”

Judges are looking for clever videos that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving, Burch said.

The application deadline is Sept. 1.

Click here to download an application or see scholarship rules.