The Scholarship

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.

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.


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

This scholarship was created to honor Hunter. The recipient each year will be an individual who embraces the unique qualities of all students regardless of academic or athletic achievement. Hunter would like that.

It is also a scholarship to help make a dent in the number-one killer of teens and young adults in America – car crashes. When you die, it’s not just your family that’s affected. The impact and loss is felt by hundreds – it’s a ripple. We know. Hunter’s death was felt far and wide.

If young people talk to each other about how losing someone close has impacted their lives, or the prospect of losing someone, then we will start a vital conversation. Teens can talk to their peers in a voice and in a tone that they will listen to and respond to – in ways that adults cannot. And what better way to make a statement than through the medium of film. Each applicant is charged with creating a short film to help prevent teen crashes by encouraging other teens to develop and embrace safe driving habits.

Project Yellow Light was conceived shortly after Hunter’s death by his parents and sister, Julie, Lowell and Alexandra Garner. The scholarship started at Hunter’s high school, Riverbend in Fredericksburg, VA. Within four years, the project gained national attention and now, due to its amazing partners and the generosity of Mazda, it is reaching thousands of students across the nation.

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.