MIS Cares awarding scholarships to 14 local high school seniors


College can be an expensive financial investment, but MIS Cares is hoping to make it a little easier for 14 local 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 seven students from both Lenawee and Jackson Counties. The high school seniors will be recognized during a reception Tuesday in the Michigan Room at Michigan International Speedway.

Recipients include:


Student  High School University Major
Ashlee Bartlett  Home Schooled Spring Arbor Chemistry
Regan Bernstein  Columbia Central Michigan Biomedical Engineering
Quentin Blonde  Concord Michigan State

Electrical Technology

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.

“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 14 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.

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.

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.

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.

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