First-time drivers to compete for scholarships in Rock the Road Challenge

November 9, 2020 CONRIC PR

For most teenagers, earning a learner’s permit and getting behind the wheel for the first time is a momentous occasion. The Lee County Tax Collector is making that milestone even more exciting in 2021. The Rock the Road Challenge will give away $2,500 in total college scholarship prizes to four safe and skilled high school-age first-time drivers. Lee County teens with their Florida learner’s license can apply for the contest on the Lee County Tax Collector’s website now through Dec. 15, 2020.

As part of the 2021 Rock the Road Challenge, a select number of high school-age students throughout Lee County will participate in a driving skills challenge on a closed course. Two winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and two runners-up will each receive a $250 scholarship.

“We’re excited to be a part of two milestones for local teenagers, getting a driver license and a college education,” says Noelle Branning, Lee County Tax Collector-Elect.

To qualify, entrants must be Lee County residents who will be at least 15 years old by Dec. 31, 2020 and must have their Florida learner’s license by that date. Drivers who will have obtained their Florida driver license by April 30, 2021 are not eligible to enter. Entrants must also have the consent of their parent or legal guardian, and a parent or guardian must be able to participate in the skills challenge with their teen and vehicle.

To apply, visit the Lee County Tax Collector’s website at Students will be challenged to complete driving skills on a closed course. The driving skills will be filmed, timed and posted to the Lee County Tax Collector’s Instagram page for voting by the community. Tax Collector road course instructors will also score the videos. High scoring drivers will move onto the next round.

The Rock the Road $1,000 first prize scholarships are presented by Dawn and Mike Sullivan at Sullivan State Farm Insurance Agency. Brian Rist at Storm Smart is the sponsor of the contest’s $250 runner-up scholarships.

Visit to learn more about the competition, to register yourself or to register your student driver.

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