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NASCAR Camping World Series East Auxiliary Offers Scholarships

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2009

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 26:  Cars race during the NASCAR Camping World East Series Heluva Good! Summer 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NASCAR Camping World Series East Women's Auxiliary is offering two $500 scholarships to anyone associated with the East Series who is interested in pursuing higher education (above high school). 

The deadline to submit applications is September 30th, and the winners will be announced at the Camping World Series East banquet on November 14, 2009, in North Carolina.

The Women's Auxiliary for the East Series, who sponsors this scholarship program, was formed in 1995 to promote the general welfare of crew members, drivers, car owners, officials, support personnel, spouses and families associated with the NASCAR Camping World East Series.

Not only does the Auxiliary provide the scholarship opportunities, but they also provide team and track directories, apparel sales, and financial support to the sick or injured. The Auxiliary is open to any person, man or woman, affiliated with the series in any way.

Sue Santerre, wife of four-time East Series champion Andy Santerre, has been involved with the Auxiliary since 1995. Santerre advises that the Auxiliary started the scholarship program in 1996.

"We have had two doctors win the scholarship," Santerre said. "One winner was Dr. Teri Brehio, the wife of former driver Glen Brehio, who currently practices in New Hampshire. The other was Dr. Kirsten Barbee who is completing her residency in Spartanburg, South Carolina."

"Another recipient is Michael Norcross who attends Lyndon State College and is studying Wildlife Ecology/Environmental Studies," Santerre continued.  "Michael is the son of Harry Norcross, Mike Olsen's crew chief."

Santerre advised that the scholarship committee looks for "recipients involved with clubs and the community, as well as having recommendations for teachers and employers."  Santerre continued, "Our scholarships are not just for college students either, it includes adults getting certifications through doctorate programs."

Penny Aicardi, East Series writer, was also a recipient of the Auxiliary scholarship.  "I graduated in 2002 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in English," Aicardi said. "Every little bit helped and there weren't too many scholarships available to me."

Aicaridi continued,  "I went to school part-time in the evening for eight years as an adult and most scholarships out there were for graduating high school seniors. The Auxiliary scholarship didn't have that limitation."

Santerre shares that the Auxiliary Scholarship program is funded through fundraisers, apparel sales and membership dues. There is a scholarship committee that reviews all applications, utilizing scoring criteria so that the scholarship awards are not subjective.

"We wanted our scholarships to be different from all the academically based programs that can only be used for tuition," stated Santerre.  "It is a scholarship for normal, every day people."

Eligible students must be pursuing their education at an accredited technical, trade or vocational school; a public/community college; a private or public university; or a higher educational facility such as medical or law school.

Applications can be obtained by calling Sue Santerre at (704) 455-6665 or emailing her at suesanterre@yahoo.com.  Additional information can also be obtained from Penny Aicardi at PennyBNS@aol.com.

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