Get money for college by writing about the dangers of texting while driving

The topic of this year's Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation scholarship essay is about the dangers of texting while driving.

The topic of this year’s Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation scholarship essay is “Texting while driving is foolhardy at best and lethal at worst.”

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation wants to help you pay for college.

First, you have to live to see it. The topic of the foundation’s scholarship contest this year: “Texting while driving is foolhardy at best and lethal at worst.” The essay and accompanying application must be postmarked by April 15.

The foundation awards two, $1,500 scholarships each year. Palm Beach Gardens residents and the children of full-time Palm Beach Gardens Police Department employees are eligible.

This is the fourth consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships, according to a news release.

“The Police Foundation is pleased to extend our scholarship program into the current school year,” Vice President Charles Gusmano said. “We have continued the award amount of $1,500 to recognize the continuing surge in U.S. higher education costs.”

The scholarship review committee considers academic performance, community service, letters of recommendation, character references, financial need and the essay. The rules and application are available at http://pbgpf.org/scholarships.

Completed applications must be mailed to the foundation at 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 33410.

The foundation will announce recipients on or about June 1.

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