This is a photo of students holding up the scholarships they received

$12,000 in scholarships awarded to local high school seniors by MIS Cares


MIS Cares presented $1,000 scholarships to 12 students from Lenawee and Jackson Counties to further their education. 

The scholarships are part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all educational levels by MIS Cares and Michigan International Speedway. The scholarship was open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who is entering a STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) field at a college, university or trade school in the state of Michigan.

Recipients include:


Student  High School University Major
Alexis Bailey Clinton Eastern Michigan Nursing
Mackenzi Collins Columbia Central Grand Valley Speech Pathology
Hailey Dickens Columbia Central Michigan State Nursing
Megan Freitas Tecumseh Central Michigan Biomedical Sciences
Tristan Kellar Western Michigan Chemical Engineering
Kelly McCormack Western Michigan Technological Biomedical Engineering
Joshua Pequet East Jackson Kettering Mechanical Engineering
Michael Petterson Adrian Michigan Mathematics
Kristen Pike Clinton Central Michigan Biology
Allison Rasmussen Hanover-Horton Michigan Environmental Science
Maggie Roback Adrian Michigan Art and Design
Morgan Sprunger East Jackson Baker Nursing


“It was an honor to present $12,000 in scholarships divided among 12 deserving students to further their academic pursuits,” track President Rick Brenner said. “MIS Cares is dedicated to inspiring the youth in our community and it is exciting to help these scholars. We wish them a lifetime of success.”

Thanks to several local organizations, MIS Cares raised $6,000 of the $12,000 through a scholarship match challenge. Christoff & Sons Floor Covering Inc., CP Federal Credit Union, R.W. Mercer Co., Childrenz Challenge, Iott Insurance, Michigan Community Credit Union, OmniSource and Spring Arbor University each donated $500, and Orbitform and the Dryden Family Foundation each provided $1,000 towards the MIS Cares Scholarship Program.

Thanks to support from the community, MIS Cares has been able to award $36,000 in scholarships to local high school students in the first four years of the program.

In addition, Dan Burch was awarded the Michael J. Carpenter Award for his dedication to creating a lifetime of memories for the guests on race weekend. The Michael J. Carpenter Award celebrates the legacy of Mike Carpenter by acknowledging the selfless performance of an individual who consistently promotes the speedway’s mission and performs tirelessly for the greater good of MIS. As part of the award, the Saint Louis Center was presented a $500 donation from MIS Cares thanks to Burch’s dedication to the non-profit service organization.

MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to assist and inspire youth within our community.

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