CFGV Defensive Driving Scholarship

Scholarships & Awards

CFGV will not be awarding
Defensive Driving Scholarships in 2024.

Congratulations to our 2022 scholars, Noah Pederson and Brooklyn Scales!


2022 scholar Noah Pederson gives MasterDrive a thumbs up!

About the Scholarship

Grandparents Lee and Polly Spann saw astonishing improvement in their grandchildrens’ driving skills after sending them to MasterDrive, in Colorado Springs. Partnering with the Community Foundation, they created the Defensive Driving Award.  Other donors have added to the fund. Check it out!

Special thanks to the Gunnison Car Club for supporting the Valley’s young drivers!


Parents with a new driver in the family brace themselves for many worrisome good-byes as their newly-licensed teen drives away. More than 5,000 youngsters die in car crashes in this country every year – and over 300,000 are seriously injured. Parents are rightly concerned about their teenage driver’s safety.

A Defensive Driving course teaches skills that can save lives.  For the twelfth year, donors to the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley are providing a tuition-paid Teen Skills Training Camp through MasterDrive of Colorado Springs. Gunnison Valley teens with a Driving Learner’s Permit or a Provisional Driving Permit (ages 15 to 18) are eligible for this award that teaches car control in various conditions and situations. The award also includes an allowance for some expenses.

The student receives individual lifesaving skills training in their own vehicle with a professional instructor, learning crash avoidance and precision maneuvering, controlling the vehicle’s changing weight dynamics, braking, backing, and skid control and recovery.

For more information, please visit MasterDrive’s website,  Applications for this award are available each spring at GHS or CBHS Offices and at the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley office, located at 525 N. Main Street in the Law of the Rockies building — or just click on the link at the top of this page!  Please call 641-8837 for more information. Application deadline is mid to late April each year.

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“If setting up the Defensive Driving scholarship has saved just one life or helped a young person avoid an accident, it’s more than worth it.”
Lee & Polly Spann

Defensive Driving Scholarship Founders

“I just wanted to express our gratitude as parents. When we dropped our son off at the driving school, he was a very timid driver. I got to ride with him on his last couple drives through the braking course, and I couldn’t believe the difference. He was immediately more confident and assertive in his braking, and maneuvering of the vehicle. We have far greater comfort in his progression toward getting his license next month! Thank you so much for granting him the scholarship. Truly a blessing, and a wonderful gift to any driver!”


Defensive Driving Scholar Parent

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