NASCAR and General Motors leadership announces diversity scholarship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jim Cassidy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations; Alba Colon, Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager; Ken Barrett, General Motors Global Chief Diversity Officer; and Jim Campbell, GM Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports (Photo by Harold Hinson Photography).
Diversity Scholarship Launched to Support STEM Education
INDIANAPOLIS — Chevrolet and NASCAR announced the launch of the second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 23, 2016. This contest offers college students an exciting and engaging way to learn and become involved in STEM, a key area of importance to the success and future of the motorsports industry.
“At GM, we believe success and innovation lies in attracting unique and creative talent,” said Ken Barrett, General Motors Global Chief Diversity Officer. “Diversity within STEM is not only a priority, but a necessity as we continue to face new challenges and opportunities with the advancement of technology.”
General Motors strongly values diversity and inclusion among its employees. Empowering unique perspectives keeps GM on the cutting edge of technological innovation in the fast-paced automotive industry. The scholarship program is a part of the company’s commitment to ensure students of different backgrounds, skills and experiences have the opportunity to pursue STEM related careers.
“Inspiring innovative students who are interested in careers in STEM is critical for the growth of our sport and business,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. “The scholarship program helps both organizations attract young, diverse talent to the world of motorsports.”
Four selected winners will be awarded a scholarship, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at a NASCAR race, including a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pace car rides and meet-and-greets with Team Chevy drivers and Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager, Alba Colon.
Students can submit a 90-second video that describes a STEM related racing application and its significance to motorsports. Entrees will be judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production value. The deadline to enter is Saturday, October 15, 2016. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled, at least part-time, in an accredited college or university within the United States, including Puerto Rico, be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of entry and submit a YouTube link through the scholarship website.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at http://www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.
The 2016 Chicago Football Classic celebrated a weekend of festivities including the kick-off reception of the President's Reception on Thursday at the South Shore Cultural Center leading to the game on Saturday, September 10 at Soldiers Field.
Clark Atlanta University vs. Central State University premiered on the green field as various dignitaries, community leaders, sponsors and fans enjoyed the game on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.
Here's some key photo highlights to enjoy from live entertainment, scholarship presentations, the pre-game high school bands, football play and the traditional suite hopping.