(260) 494-0728

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 educational resources and support for parents and youth through a year-round emphasis on safe teen driving.

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 Taylor Memorial Award for Drivers Education continues Mr. Taylor’s legacy by providing awards 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

  • Award 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 individual in-car instruction.
  • Driver’s education course will be provided by Precision Driving.
  • Award certificate will be valid for one year from date of issuance.
  • Award winners will be announced in May 2017.
  • Applications must be submitted online at DriveAliveIndiana.org.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must currently reside and attend high school in Allen County, Indiana.
  • Award applicants must be 15 year old by May 1, 2017.
  • The application deadline date is March 31, 2017 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Applicants must have no legal limitations against obtaining a driver's license.
  • Winning applicants must agree to contact and schedule their driver education course within six months of receipt of the award.
  • Parents or guardians of the student must commit to transporting the student to the driver education classes.

Submitting Your Application

Online Application

All sections of the application must be completed before consideration for a Taylor Memorial Award for Drivers Education will occur.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award. Applications must be received electronically by March 31, 2017 by 11:00 p.m. to be considered in the selection process.  Questions or comments can be directed to (260) 494-0728.