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MIS Cares awards $88,007 in scholarships and grants


MIS Cares presented $1,000 scholarships to 13 students from Lenawee and Jackson Counties to further their education. The track’s charity foundation also presented $75,007 in grants to 16 community organizations.  

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:

Bailey Allison - Hanover-Horton         

Kaylee Commet - Michigan Center          

Rosemary Gedert - Jackson Prep & Early College                       

Noah Gilson - Morenci                            

Taylor Gritzmaker - Columbia Central                                                                                    

Alexis Hannewald - Jackson Christian    

Austen O’Reilly - Jackson                             

Nicole Ostrander - Columbia Central        

Katherine Powell - Columbia Central        

Carsyn Sleight - Northwest                      

Christopher Spencer - Lumen Christi               

Michael Strong - Jackson                             

Kamryn Warner - Onsted                               

“We are privileged to award $13,000 worth in scholarships to so many deserving youth in our area,” track President Rick Brenner said. “These 13 students are an inspiration to the community and we wish success in all their future endeavors. We are proud of how many organizations we can support through MIS Cares.”

Thanks to several local organizations, MIS Cares raised $5,000 of the $13,000 through a scholarship match challenge. Orbitform, CP Federal Credit Union, Community Choice Credit Union, Christoff and Sons, Childrenz Challenge and Iott Insurance each provided $500. In addition OmniSource and 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 $49,000 in scholarships to local high school students in the first four years of the program. 

In addition, MIS Cares presented checks to 16 deserving organizations totaling $75,007 to improve the local communities. All of these deserving recipients share the MIS Cares mission to assist and inspire youth in Jackson and Lenawee counties.

Recipients include:

  • Brooklyn Food Pantry – Forgotten Teens
  • Concord Food for Thought – Weekend Backpack Program
  • Felician Children’s Center – Active Bodies, Healthy Minds
  • Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County – The Great Pasty Project
  • Imagine Planet – Imagine Planet Operating Expenses
  • Jackson District Library – Brooklyn Branch – Coding Kids
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra – Music Enrichment for Lily Missions Center
  • Jasmynn’s Voice – Helping others find their voice, one iPad at a time
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, Inc. – JA “Career Success”
  • Lenawee Community Foundation – Lenawee Imagination Library
  • Onsted Elementary – Wildcat Maker Space
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee – My.Future
  • Therapeutic Riding, Inc. – Adopt a Horse
  • YMCA of Lenawee County – Maple Pride Afterschool Program
  • YMCA Storer Camps – Camp Catch-A-Rainbow
  • Adrian College – Track and Explore

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.

MIS and its sister company Americrown combined to donate a total of $907,587 to local service groups and organizations through cash donations, in-kind donations, work programs, grants and sponsorships, as well as tickets and merchandise that clubs raffled to raise money in 2017.

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