Madison International Speedway
Thursday, August 18, 2011
OTC Scholarship Program Presents Awards at MIS
by John Wells
OREGON, Wis. -- Nearly $100,000 in scholarship awards to Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland, Ohio, were presented on Friday at Madison International Speedway. Eligible students were members of race teams that raced at MIS weekly and either served on pit crews or as drivers.
Randy Dziadowicz of OTC and MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg made the presentations in a 4:00 PM ceremony with all students being introduced to the fans later in the night during intermission.
“The bar at OTC for you kids from Wisconsin is pretty high,” said Dziadowicz in reference to the quality of individuals who have gone to OTC after participating in the program at MIS the past three years. “This is such a tremendous opportunity for all of you. There are already a number of kids from this program here at MIS who have completed their studies at OTC and are already working in the field.”
MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg added, “This is such a great program and we are very happy to be part of it. What you are getting today is something really special and you have to realize how fortunate you are to be involved in this.”
Aaron Moyer, Michael Hanson, and Daniel Harried were honored for their involvement in the program over the past three seasons. All three have been awarded scholarship money prior to the season.
Jeremy Smith of Poynette High School (Ty Majeski Team), Jesse Monroe of Badger High School (Skolaski Racing), and David Sandmire of Madison LaFollette High School (Nate Oppliger Team) are all juniors and each received a $2500 scholarship. All three are eligible to continue in the program at MIS next season.
Driver Brandon Heisler of Aurora, Illinois, won a $7500 scholarship to go along with previous awards he has earned. Nick Funk of Janesville Parker High School (Stevens Racing), Louis Hardin of Oregon High School (Quest Racing), and Gavin Klosterman of New Glarus High School (Turn Em Loose Racing) each received a $10,000 scholarship.
Michael Rockett of Portage High School (Ed Szelagowski Jr. Racing) and Anthony Stewart of Kenosha Tremper High School (Tim Narr Racing) took home $15,000 scholarships while Travis Boehnen of Oregon High School (Liddle Racing) was awarded a $20,000 scholarship.
“We have to say thank you to the race teams for making yourselves available to work with these kids. The relationships that you help build make this program what it is,” added Grueneberg.
Dziadowicz added, “Some of you are going to be starting in a few weeks while others will be beginning in October. You are going to enjoy your experience no matter which of the OTC programs you choose.”
Plans are already in the works for the OTC Scholarship Program at MIS for 2012.
MIS would like to thank Randy Dziadowicz for coordinating the program between MIS and OTC.