July 23, 2016: during practice for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson)
NASCAR and Chevrolet teamed up for their second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship contest in an effort to increase diversity in STEM related careers.
The scholarship offers an engaging way for college students to get involved in STEM which is integral to future innovations in the motorsports industry. The program is part of GM’s efforts to provide opportunity to students of different backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field.
“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,” said Ken Barrett, General Motors global chief diversity officer.
Alba Colon, Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program manager, says that education is the key to continue progress and offer women like her the opportunity to succeed in a male-dominated field.
“There are many ways you can get an education, that’s why this scholarship is a big deal to us because it will help someone who might not have all the resources to go to further their education,” Colon said.
Applicants must submit a 90 second video demonstrating technology used in NASCAR. A committee will select four students who will be awarded the scholarship and given the opportunity to see behind the scenes at a NASCAR race.
“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.”
For more information about this scholarship visit their website at
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.