Our Story

Hunter Garner had a dry wit, a wicked sense of humor and a creative mind. He loved music, running and had many friends from all walks of life. He died in a car crash on June 10, 2007. He was 16 years old.

Hunter was my first born, my only son. I pretty much died that day too; the moment we got the news of the crash that killed him and his good friend, the driver of the car. It had the same impact on my husband, Lowell and our daughter, Alex. Needless to say, we are forever changed.

As a legacy to Hunter, we founded Project Yellow Light - a short film scholarship competition created to honor him and to put a stop to the number-one killer of teens and young adults in America, in fact the globe - car crashes.

There is no one better than you to warn your peers of the dangers of distracted driving. You can communicate with one another in a voice and in a way that resonates and connects. You have a powerful, sincere voice that has a huge impact. You can make a difference.

And what better way to influence your friends and peers than with a video you create, using the similar wonderful imagination and creativity Hunter possessed.

If there's anything I can get across to you it’s this. Please know how much you’re loved. How much you mean to so many. Don’t throw away your future because of a bad decision. Have fun and experience life to the fullest - just don’t do stupid things. If Hunter was around, he’d tell you the same thing.

I can’t bring Hunter back, but I can save others from meeting the same fate. So I will do everything in my power to keep you from harm.

Please contribute a video to Project Yellow Light, and keep young people like Hunter where they belong — in our lives.

How it Works

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.

For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000.

Here’s what we’re looking for. A video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save.

You have creative license – we want to see your personal expression come through in your video. You can video yourself, a group of people, make a cartoon, do a music video*. Just keep it to 25 or 55 seconds or less and make sure it’s in good taste.

If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, you can access the entry form and submit your video on the Apply page. In addition to a scholarship, the winning video will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and will be distributed nationally to 1,600 TV stations.

The Hunter Garner Scholarship runs annually, from late October until early April.

Thank you for being part of the solution. Thank you for helping us save lives.

*If using songs in your videos, you must use original music or music provided from our music library found in the Resources tab here, or through this site.

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship is in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Organizations for Youth Safety and U-Haul.