Hagerty offers driver-training scholarships for teens 14-18

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Teens who submit short videos are eligible for driver-training scholarship program | Hagerty photo

“License to the Future” is the name Hagerty has given to a program designed to award driver-training scholarships to teenagers aged 14-18.

“As we approach the age of driverless cars, our company’s mission is to save driving for future generations,” McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the insurance, vehicle valuation and car-community company that bears his family’s name, was quoted in the announcement.

“Part of that commitment is helping the next generation learn the art of safely driving themselves.”

“Driver training costs vary widely,” the company’s news release continued, “but full courses including road training can cost between $200 and $800, according to cardirect.com

“Hagerty’s ‘License to the Future’ scholarship initiative comes as the percentage of American teens getting their licenses began slowly rising in 2015 after 21 years of decline, according to figures from the Federal Highway Administration.”

The company said the scholarships will be funded by proceeds from sales at The Shop by Hagerty, an online store offering what Hagerty calls “a wide variety of useful, sophisticated and fun automotive-themed products for men, women and children.”

The company said proceeds from sales in 2018 helped provide car safety seats for 250 babies and infants.

 Teens seeking funding for their driver-training expenses need to apply through a process that includes:

  • Submitting by June 30, 2019, a video of 1 minute or less in length.
  • Meet the legal age requirement in their state of residence for completing the selected driver’s training course of their choice within one year of the awarding of the scholarship.
  • Make a post on Instagram, on the applicants feed, not his or her story, that includes @HagertyClassicCars and #licensetothefuture.
  • Videos must answer this question: “Why are you excited to drive?”
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Winners will be announced July 10, 2019. Scholarship monies will be paid directly to the driver-training program, not to the applicant.

For more details, visit the License to Future website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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