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July 4, 2017 > Safe is Smart scholarship announced

Safe is Smart scholarship announced

Submitted By Nicki Thomas

SABRE, a family-owned maker of pepper spray, is holding a scholarship sweepstakes that will award one winner with $15,000 in scholarship funds. The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is set to run from July 1st to September 1stÑjust in time for the back to school season.

Recent campus safety statistics show and increased danger for studentsÑparticularly femalesÑwith up to 1 in 5 college women encountering sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. SABRE is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus. However, they also want to encourage students with the chance at winning a scholarship to apply to their studies.

ÒOur decision to award a scholarship was twofold,Ó explains SABRE CEO David Nance. ÒWe wanted to give back to our community by helping someone with their college dream, while also teaching students and their parents about campus safety.Ó

SABRE is encouraging students to follow these safety tips both on and off campus:
¥ Before unpacking their boxes, students should check out what free safe ride or walking services are offered by the campus.
¥ Students should take a safety seminar or attend a self-defense class. Many colleges offer them free or for credit, and the techniques and strategies can be lifesaving.
¥ For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm provides portable security. SABRE offers many compact options as well as a Dorm/Apartment Kit for keeping personal belongings safe.
¥ Prepare themselves with pepper sprays and gelsÑone of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses.
¥ Stick togetherÑthere is safety in numbers, so stay close to friends when going out or coming home late from parties.

ÒFor parents, this time in their familyÕs lives are excitingÑbut also stressful as they are seeing their children go off on their own, often for the very first time,Ó said Nance. ÒWeÕre hoping to give them peace of mind by teaching their kids how to stay safe both on and off campus.Ó

The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to all incoming freshmen and students enrolled in a secondary education institution.

ÒOur goal is to help educate as many students as possible about the importance of personal safety, and by doing so, we are sharing important tips, as well as information about our safety products that can help students escape to safety should it arise,Ó said Nance.

To enter, go to: Entrants will watch a video about campus protection and the latest in personal safety, before being able to register and submit their information.

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