Our Story

Hunter Garner had a dry wit, a wicked sense of humor and a creative mind. He loved music, running and had many friends from all walks of life. He died in a car crash on June 10, 2007. He was 16 years old.

Hunter was my first born, my only son. I pretty much died that day too; the moment we got the news of the crash that killed him and his good friend, the driver of the car. It had the same impact on my husband, Lowell and our daughter, Alex. Needless to say, we are forever changed.

As a legacy to Hunter, we founded Project Yellow Light - a short film scholarship competition created to honor him and to put a stop to the number-one killer of teens and young adults in America, in fact the globe - car crashes.

There is no one better than you to warn your peers of the dangers of distracted driving. You can communicate with one another in a voice and in a way that resonates and connects. You have a powerful, sincere voice that has a huge impact. You can make a difference.

And what better way to influence your friends and peers than with a message you create, using the similar wonderful imagination and creativity Hunter possessed.

If there's anything I can get across to you it’s this. Please know how much you’re loved. How much you mean to so many. Don’t throw away your future because of a bad decision. Have fun and experience life to the fullest - just don’t do stupid things. If Hunter was around, he’d tell you the same thing.

I can’t bring Hunter back, but I can save others from meeting the same fate. So I will do everything in my power to keep you from harm.

Please add your voice to Project Yellow Light, and keep young people like Hunter where they belong — in our lives.

How it Works

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.

For the video competition:

For both the high school and college categories, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000. Videos are due April 1.

For the billboard competition:

For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Designs are due March 1.

For the radio competition:
For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Recordings are due March 1.

Here’s what we’re looking for. A video, billboard design or radio spot created to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save.

You have creative license – we want to see your personal expression come through in your submission. Video: You can video yourself, a group of people, make a cartoon, do a music video*. Just keep it to 25 or 55 seconds or less and make sure it’s in good taste. Billboard: Please limit your design to few words, and be creative. Radio: Your recording should be 20 seconds. Remember to speak clearly.

If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, you can access the entry form and submit your video on the Apply page. In addition to a scholarship, the winning video will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and will be distributed nationally to 1,600 TV stations and the winning design will be turned into an Out of Home Billboard and displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards across the U.S.

The Hunter Garner Scholarship runs annually.

Thank you for being part of the solution. Thank you for helping us save lives.

*If using songs in your videos, you must use original music or music provided from our music library found in the Resources tab here, or through this site.