Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) presented the 2021 Road Safety Art Contest for K-12 students within the United States. This annually conducted competition’s primary goal is to promote expressions of creativity and talent within school students. FMCSA wants to raise awareness of road safety around large trucks and buses. So, this year they have revolved their categories around large trucks and buses at the FMCSA Kid Zone and Teen Zone. The winner will be chosen from the artwork that best depicts how all road users, including vehicles, can stay safe near large trucks and buses. The best artwork will have original and unique creativity that shows how to stay aware of the large vehicles’ blind spots, long stopping distance, and wide turns.
Contests for Artwork submissions are nothing new, as competitions like these have been conducted worldwide for a long time. Each participant is given a chance to express their creativity, originality, and uniqueness through photos, hand-drawn art, handmade arts and crafts, video, digital art, etc.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), established on January 1, 2000, is an administrative department within the Department of Transportation. FMCSA was formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, and now their primary mission is to prevent vehicle-related deaths and injuries. Their activities involve ensuring safety in motor carrier operations by vigorous enforcement of safety regulations. They also target high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers so that pedestrians and other vehicle users can travel safely on and off roads. They constantly improve commercial motor vehicle technologies and safety information systems. To accomplish the values, objectives, and goals that the FMCSA set for themselves, they work with State, Federal, and local enforcement agencies along with the labour and safety interest groups, motor carrier industry, and others.
Refer to the below table for more details of the scholarship:
|Organization||Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration|
|Educational Level||Kindergarten to 12th graders|
|Amount||Award Certificate and Honorable Mention|
|Number of Awards||Multiple|
|Application Deadline||June 4, 2021|
|Requirement||Completed online form and artwork|
Who May Be Eligible
- Kindergarten to 12th graders who are students and legal residents of the United States
- Received permission and consent from parents or guardians
How to Apply
All submissions must be sent via email to email@example.com with the subject title as “2021 Road Safety Art Contest Submission: [Student’s First and Last Name}”. All non-video entries must be submitted in the format of JPG, JPEG, PNG, or PDF as a high-resolution photo or scan. The total size of the file must not exceed 10MB.
- Completed and signed online form
- Attached Artwork by elementary and middle school students includes hand-drawn art, digital art, handmade arts and craft using a crayon, coloured pencil, marker, paint, graphic design, digital drawing, collage, diorama, etc.
- Attached Artwork by High School Students includes video, digital art, hand-drawn art, photos using spoken message, song, dance, skit, graphic design, digital painting, crayon, coloured pencil, marker, paint, captured with a phone or digital camera.
The main benefit of this art contest organized by FMCSA is to promote road safety awareness among school students and to promote originality and creativity within them. The winner of this contest is awarded a gift certificate, framed artwork, and a chance to be included in the winner announcement video, recognition on their official website for Kid Zone and Teen Zone webpages. Along with that, the artwork will be included in the 2022 Road Safety Art Contest Calendar.
The submission deadline for FMCSA’s Road Safety Art Contest is June 4, 2021, and the winner will be announced in Fall 2021.