THE AMERICAN TRAFFIC Safety Services (ATSS) Foundation’s two-fold mission is heavily focused on youth.
It offers college scholarships to the dependents of men and women killed or permanently disabled in work zone incidents and travel scholarships so youth who lost a parent, sibling or caregiver in a work zone incident can attend Experience Camps to address their grief in a fun environment.
The Foundation also offers a youth activity book for all children ages 5-8 to provide an engaging way to learn about work zone safety.
The ATSS Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) with a mission to promote roadway safety through charitable giving and public awareness campaigns. Established in 1988, its vision is to make roadway safety a cultural priority through Foundation activities with the goal of eliminating work zone deaths.
“We have seen the effect on families of the loss of a husband or wife, father or mother as a result of a work zone tragedy. It’s heartbreaking,” said Foundation Director Lori Diaz. “That is what spurs The Foundation and its supporters – the desire to help the hurting families and to work toward an end to such deaths and disabling injuries. We are continually looking for ways we can do more.”
The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for post-high school education to dependents of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in roadway work zones. The program is competitive and offers scholarships valued up to $10,000 per student each year. Applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism may be eligible for an additional $1,000 in honor of Chuck Bailey, a member of the roadway safety industry who died in 2002.
The program has awarded $358,000 in assistance through the two scholarships from its inception in 2002 through the 2021-22 academic year.
The academic scholarships are awarded each spring for the following academic year. Applications are due annually by Feb. 15.
The Foundation also offers Experience Camps Travel Scholarships. Experience Camps are a national network of free one-week, overnight summer camps and year-round programs for children and teens (grades 4–12) who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. The camps help children address their grief and develop the confidence, skills, and support to move forward with their lives.
Foundation scholarships cover the cost for the child and a guardian to travel to and from the camps, which are located across the country.
Both the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship and the Experience Camps Travel Scholarship are possible because of the many individuals, companies and organizations that support The Foundation’s work.
Youth activity books provide a fun way for children to learn how to stay safe in roadway work zones. The 32-page books are available for free digital download or hard copy purchase at Foundation.ATSSA.com/YouthActivityBook. They are a great tool for use at home, in schools, after-school care, clubs and anywhere children gather.