Recognizing there are many women interested in pursuing careers in the automotive industry, NASCAR and the UTI Foundation established the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund for women seeking an automotive technical education. Davis, who graduated at the top of her class at UTI and went on to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup official, died tragically earlier this year at age 28, and is honored by this scholarship created to encourage women to seek a career in the automotive industry.
The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for a qualified female student who wishes to attend the NASCAR Technical Automotive Program at the UTI's NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Each year a $10,000 scholarship will be presented to one student to attend NASCAR Tech.
"NASCAR is proud to be able to honor the memory of Brienne as one of its shining stars who dedicated her time and energy to serving the sport in various roles. In doing so we also open additional opportunities for women to follow in Brienne's path and learn valuable skills through the NASCAR Technical Institute and pursue their career goals."
- Odis Lloyd, Managing Director, Automotive Aftermarket at NASCAR
The inaugural scholarship was made possible by proceeds raised through an online auction of the NASCAR Performance Show Car during The NASCAR Foundation's initiatives for NASCAR Day 2008. At this year's event, NASCAR enthusiasts were invited to make monetary contributions and bid on the NASCAR Performance Show Car donated to The NASCAR Foundation by NASCAR's Automotive Aftermarket Department. Every dollar of the $16,000 winning bid for the car has been designated for the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund.
Future years of the program will rely on funding through charitable contributions made to the UTI Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation.
TGOM's Afterthought on this...
It's not that I don't applaud this effort, but I have to wonder if NASCAR really making strides for women in the sport--and not just because of Mauricia Grant's recent discrimination lawsuit. On top of that, TGOM knows of another female member of the NASCAR family who is very unhappy with Mike Helton and other powers that be for their failure to deliver on several promises. She told them as much in a recent letter, while reminding them how loyal she's been to the sport by declining comment to the media on the aforementioned lawsuit.Time will tell if her situation improves or if she will determine contiued participation futile and decide to blow the whistle on the farce that NASCAR calls their "diversity" program.