Drive Alive Ralph Taylor Memorial Award for Drivers Education

In 2005, Ralph Taylor, an Allen County deputy coroner, and many other community leaders became alarmed by the rising number of teen deaths on local roads. Mr. Taylor helped to start a community-wide discussion regarding teen driving issues and methods to address this tragic issue. With Mr. Taylor’s boundless energy and leadership, Drive Alive was founded. Drive Alive’s mission is to reduce the

number of injuries and death among teen drivers by providing resources and support for parents to effectively communicate with their teens and guide their behaviors. Click here to download application.

Mr. Taylor was devoted to Drive Alive and its positive impact on the safety of our youngest, most vulnerable drivers. Drive Alive is a testament to his selfless devotion to our community. The Drive Alive

Ralph Taylor Memorial Award will help continue Mr. Taylor’s legacy by providing scholarships to area youth to attend driver’s education course. The goal of the award is to recognize the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to safe driving habits. Driver education can help reduce traffic crashes by improving driving skills and understanding of better risk perception and decision-making. While parents and guardians have an important role teaching their children to drive, they can be assisted and supported through driver education. Award Details

  • Awards will be provided to one male and female high school student per award cycle.
  • Driver’s education course includes 30 hours of classroom study and six hours of one-to-one individual in-car instruction provided by Precision Driving
  • Award certificate will be valid for one year from date of issuance.
  • Award winners will be announced in June 2013.
  • Applications must be typed.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must currently reside and attend high school in Allen County, Indiana.
  • Award applicants must be 15 year old by the award deadline date, June 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Applicants must have no legal limitations against obtaining a driver’s license.
  • Parents or guardians of the student must commit to transporting the student to the driver education classes.

Submitting Your Application

  • Download application
  • Only type-written applications will be accepted.  Handwritten applications will not be considered.
  • All sections of the application must be completed before consideration for a Ralph Taylor Memorial Award for Drivers Education will occur.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award. Applications must be received electronically by June 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered in the selection process.  Applications must be emailed to  See application for submission instructions.


  • Questions or comments can be directed to (260) 494-0728.


POSTED: 05/31/13 at 7:49 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools