MIS Cares awards scholarships to five high school seniors

College can be an expensive financial investment. So MIS Cares is hoping to make it a little easier for five Jackson and Lenawee County students taking the next step in furthering education. 

As part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all educational levels, MIS Cares will award $1,000 scholarships to five deserving high school seniors during a special reception later tonight in the Pit Road Suites at Michigan International Speedway.

Recipients include:

 

Student High School  College  Major 
Westin Lane Columbia Central  Michigan State  Applied Engineering 
Charlotte Coberley  Onsted  Eastern Michigan Information Assurance – Cyber Security 
Georgina Pike  Clinton  Michigan State  Chemistry 
Reagan Stowell  Morenci Michigan State  Mechanical Engineering 
Tristan Hook  Tecumseh  Kettering  Industrial Engineering 

 

The scholarship was open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who was entering a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field at a college or university in Michigan.

“The changing world of NASCAR, and really society, increases the dependence on the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Roger Curtis, MIS president, said. “As a parent of three children I fully understand the financial investment of a college education. We are happy to honor five students in their educational pursuits through MIS Cares.”

The winners of the scholarship will receive the monetary award during the winners’ second semester, provided they have passed all first semester classes with a “B” or better grade.

NASCAR’s fastest track is becoming known as a place for educational opportunity for students at all levels. Michigan International Speedway and Adrian College partnered to develop, Track and Explore, a first-of-its-kind science center and science-related field trip program.

This unique partnership in sports allows hundreds of school children and college students from the region to benefit from learning about the ecosystem of the Irish Hills area, but also experience nature and conservancy that could contribute to their future work as scientists.

In only its second year in 2013, all the spots were filled as more than 1,400 local students came to MIS as part of Track and Explore to learn about the area’s ecosystem. The feedback has shown that the program has been an overwhelming success.

MIS will welcome students from across the globe to the Irish Hills as part of the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in the spring. Students will compete in one of the most prestigious SAE Collegiate Design events. Formula SAE is an educational competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, build and compete in scaled-down, Formula-style autocross race cars.

MIS, through its Michigan Heritage trophy, also works with each of the NASCAR manufacturers – Ford,  Chevrolet and Toyota – to annually award a youth-based, STEM-based organization a $40,000 grant. Last year, the Michigan Science Center in Detroit won the award, as a result of Ford winning the Pure Michigan 400 race at MIS in August.

MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501 © (3) non-profit entity.  The mission of MIS Cares is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life.

© 2014 Michigan International Speedway

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