MIS Scholarship

Five high school seniors receive scholarships from MIS Cares


College can be an expensive financial investment, but 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:


School  High School University Major
Matthew Brown  Blissfield  Michigan Technological  Civil Engineering 
Collin Mohler  Madison  Western Michigan  Mechanical Engineering 
Shayne Palmer  Napoleon  Michigan State  Sociology 
Trevor Powell  Columbia Central  Michigan State  Genetics
Ashley Sierminski  Michigan Center  Grand Valley State  Art, Art Therapy 


The scholarship was open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who was entering a STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, 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, art and mathematics,” MIS President Roger Curtis 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 these scholarships 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-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, while also experiencing nature and conservancy that could contribute to their future work as scientists.

In only its third year in 2014, all the spots were filled for the second-consecutive year 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 Chevrolet winning the Quicken Loans 400 in June and the Pure Michigan 400 race in August at MIS.

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.

MIS focuses on charity through the program MIS Cares. MIS and its sister company Americrown combined donated a total of $774,873 to local service groups and organizations through cash donations, work programs, grants and sponsorships, as well as tickets and merchandise that clubs raffle to raise money in 2014.

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