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NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship

NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship

NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity ScholarshipNASCAR and Chevrolet is excited to announce annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest. Through this contest, NASCAR and Chevrolet continue their longstanding commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and promoting opportunities for college students pursuing technology-related careers. The contest challenges students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR and explain how STEM professionals came to its design in 90-second videos. Four winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarships and a VIP experience at Texas Motor Speedway during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on November 6, 2016.

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.


  • The NASCAR Diversity Scholarship Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of entry
  • Students in good standing currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States,
  • Have or create a free account on the YouTube platform.

How to Apply:

To be applying for scholarship, the candidates must follow the given guidelines:

  • Create a 90-second video that demonstrates one technology used in NASCAR, an issue it resolved, and how STEM professionals came to its design. Examples include but are not limited to track banking, safer barrier walls, drafting, gas mileage, tire wear, ethanol fuel, solar energy, etc.
  • Entrants may describe a technology that is already in existence or propose a new technology that might tackle a STEM issue in NASCAR racing.
  • Post your video to YouTube, then, during the Contest Period, enter online by visiting the website:
  • Fill out the registration form with your first name, last name and e-mail address, and provide a link to your video on YouTube.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • All four (4) winners will each receive a trip for winner and one (1) guest to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Texas 500 race (“Race”) at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on November 6, 2016. Retail value of the Trip is $2,000 each.
  • In addition to the Trip, the First Prize winner will receive a college scholarship of $10,000. The Second Prize winner will receive a college scholarship of $5,000. The two (2) Third Prize winners will each receive a college scholarship of $2,500.

Application Deadline:

Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on July 25, 2016, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on October 15, 2016 (the “Contest Period”).

Link for More Information:

Posted on October 12, 2016

The Power of Critical Thinking Lecture Series – Chuck Sawyers, VP Carilion Clinic – Oct. 11th

Chuck Sawyers, Vice President of Finance for Carilion Clinic is coming to the Career Center on Oct 11th. He will be presenting as part of The Power of Critical Thinking Lecture Series that is funded by the Donald G Smith Endowment. Hall & Associates Career Center is taking RSVPs in person, over the phone, or at this link.

Mr. Sawyers will be speaking about his educational background, particularly in mathematics, and discussing topics such as how he viewed the study of mathematics as a student versus how he currently uses that information in his daily practices. He will be describing how he got to be where he is today, the skills and qualities that have made him successful, and sharing any internship or job shadowing opportunities at his company. He has spoken to the VTC medical students in the past and thinks it is important for health professionals to have a general understanding of how the business side of health care operates.


Event Description:
Each one of these lunchtime events will bring together a local business leader and Virginia Western students and faculty for a conversation about critical thinking skills. Why are they important to develop? How do they spur professional excellence? Presenters will also share details of their road to success and offer advice for job-seekers today.

Location Information:

Main Campus – Student Life Center

Hall & Associates Career Center

Student Life Center / Room S206

3096 Colonial Avenue

Roanoke, VA 24015

Phone: 540-857-7298

Posted on September 30, 2016

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

Are you a community college student who dreams of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career? Does it sound like fun to work on projects and share ideas with NASA engineers, educators, and scientists? APPLY NOW to become part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program and explore what could become YOUR future!

NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic experience with NASA and encourages then to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA related field. Students complete a 5 week online session and those students who are successful can attend a workshop at a NASA facility where they work with NASA engineers and learn about NASA internships and careers while competing in a rover competition.

There are informational sessions that students can attend online to learn more. They are at the following days and times:

  • Thursday, September 29th at 5:00PM CT
  • Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00PM CT
  • Friday, October 14th at 2:00 PM CT

This following link is used for all informational sessions:

For more information and to apply:

Posted on September 27, 2016

Contact Us

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Location: Anderson Hall A114
Phone: 540-857-7273
Fax: 540-857-6022

Mailing address:
3097 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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