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KeyBank, Kumho Tires and The Mid-Ohio School Partner to Create Scholarship

Teen drivers in Ohio can apply immediately for inaugural Key to Safe Teen Driving Scholarship

DUBLIN, OHIO (October 15, 2012) – The Key to Safe Teen Driving Program, a collaborative effort put on by The Mid-Ohio School, KeyBank and Kumho Tires, is expanding to offer a comprehensive scholarship to two high school students this fall.

Conceptualized around National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 14-20, the scholarship is open to Ohio teenagers with learner’s permits or driver’s licenses. The Key to Safe Teen Driving scholarship that each of the two winning students will receive includes: enrollment in a 2013 Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program for them and a friend or relative from The Mid-Ohio School, a set of four tires from Kumho Tires and $500 pre-paid debit card.

“Along with KeyBank and Kumho Tires, we’re always looking for ways to help teens and their parents understand the importance of safe driving. The Key to Safe Teen Driving Program has been helping with that vision since 2009, and we’re thrilled to add this scholarship to our efforts,” said Steve Bidlack, director of The Mid-Ohio School. “We hope this scholarship will help carry the message into classrooms, homes and after-school activities for the teens and their families.”

Teens can apply or find more information at keytosafeteendriving.com. Students will be required to share what they’ve done with friends, in school or in the community, to further safe driving among their peers in either a 200-word essay or 90-second video. One winning essay will be selected along with one winning video. The application deadline is November 9 and finalists will be named on November 13. Winners will be announced November 16. The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues its involvement with the Key to Safe Teen Driving as a trooper will serve on the committee selecting finalists. Joining the trooper will be representatives from KeyBank, Kumho Tires and The Mid-Ohio School.

The prizes aren’t limited to the two winning students, however. One of the winning teens’ high schools will receive a free Safe Teen Driving Demo Day held during the 2012-2013 school year. The Honda Civic Skid Car – a vehicle mounted with a special outrigger system that simulates driving in inclement weather – will make the trip to the school, along with instructors from The Mid-Ohio School.

The Key to Safe Teen Driving Program visited five states and 14 cities over 24 dates during the summer of 2012. Almost 1,700 teens completed the abbreviated Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program executed by KeyBank, Kumho Tires and The Mid-Ohio School. The program finished its fourth year in August, reaching over 3,250 students since debuting in 2009.

The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school’s 16 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features four Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. In 19 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 46,000 graduates, including 14,500 teenagers and 9,000 motorcycle riders.
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