Tuesday was a night of recognition at Michigan International Speedway as the track and MIS Cares awarded scholarships to 14 local high students, technology grants to six school districts and named the first-ever winner of the Michael J. Carpenter Award.
Ron Kyser won the inaugural Michael J. Carpenter Award. It is an award for Individuals who volunteer for non-profit service organizations providing volunteer services during race weekend.
Kyser has volunteered at Michigan International Speedway for the Guests Services department seasonally for eight years. He volunteers for Greenford Christian Church in Greenford, Ohio. Kyser takes his position very seriously and once said it was simple to take care of the guests, because they’re his guests too. He goes above and beyond to care for guests in the MISCamping.com Graves Family Campground by providing extraordinary delivery of ordinary services.
Additionally, Kyser organizes either a coloring contest, trivia contest or a scavenger hunt each race weekend for the kids in Graves. He also coordinates gift baskets as prizes, of which, he solicits himself.
As part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all education levels, MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to six school districts in Jackson and Lenawee Counties. The grants will aid in upgrading the technology in the media center or library of the schools.
As part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all educational levels, MIS Cares awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven students from both Lenawee and Jackson Counties.
|Ashlee Bartlett||Home Schooled||Spring Arbor||Chemistry|
|Regan Bernstein||Columbia Central||Michigan||Biomedical Engineering|
|Quentin Blonde||Concord||Michigan State||
|Kayla Burmis||Hanover-Horton||Michigan State||Applied Engineering|
|Nnamdi Enwereuzo||Lenawee Christian||Michigan||Chemical Engineering|
|Brooke Huizenga||Lumen Christi||Michigan||Chemistry/Biology|
|Tiffany Jones||Northwest||Lansing CC||Dental Hygiene|
|Kyle Lakatos||Sand Creek||Michigan||Mechanical Engineering|
|Aubrey Masters||Sand Creek||Western Michigan||Interior Design|
|Thomas Plummer||Columbia Central||Michigan||Mechanical Engineering|
|Rachel Rudd||Columbia Central||Michigan||BSN/Nurse Practitioner|
|Grace Skinner||Home Schooled||Grand Valley State||Graphic Design|
|Austin Thompson||Onsted||Michigan||Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics|
|Wyatt Wagoner||Tecumseh||Michigan Technological||Mechanical Engineering|
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.
Thanks to several local organizations, MIS Cares raised $7,500 of the $14,000 through a scholarship match challenge. Orbitform, Christoff & Sons Floor Covering Inc., Country Market, CP Federal Credit Union, R.W. Mercer Co., OmniSource, Childrenz Challenge, Iott Insurance, Michigan Community Credit Union, Signal 88 Security and Spring Arbor University each donated $500, and TAC Manufacturing and the Dryden Family Foundation each provided $1,000 towards the MIS Cares Scholarship Program.
As a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, the mission of MIS Cares is to assist and inspire youth within our community. The NASCAR Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit entity.
MIS focuses on charity through the program MIS Cares. MIS and its sister company Americrown combined donated a total of $916,566.82 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 2015.