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Della Penna Foundation, in Partnership With NXG Youth Motorsports, Awards Inaugural 2024 Grand Prix Karting Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 16, 2024--

The Della Penna Foundation, in collaboration with NXG Youth Motorsports, proudly presents the annual 2024 Grand Prix Karting Scholarships. The Foundation, committed to empowering girls in motorsports, is pleased to announce Aubre Walker and Jordyn Cummings as the inaugural recipients of the Della Penna Grand Prix Scholarship.

Aubre Walker, a sophomore honors student at Anderson High School, aspires to be a mechanical engineer and has nurtured her racing dream since second grade. “I’m excited to bring all the girl power to this racing season!” Walker said. Jordyn Cummings, also a sophomore at Anderson High School, is the first karting scholar to successfully complete the NXG Youth Motorsports Development Program. “It’s a dream come true,” said Cummings. “I can’t wait to start competing!”

Founded in 2021 by Michelle Della Penna, the Della Penna Foundation stands as a unique force, actively engaging girls in motorsports before potential disengagement from STEM or sports interests. Della Penna expressed her excitement about the partnership with Coach Reid and the NXG Youth Motorsports Organization, emphasizing the Foundation’s goal to provide girls with karting scholarships, allowing them to explore the various opportunities within motorsports.

Rod Reid, businessman and Force Indy team owner, applauded the collaboration between NXG Youth Motorsports and the Della Penna Foundation, highlighting the focus on STEM-related careers for young women. Jordyn Cummings, inspired by the Development Program, returns for the Grand Prix racing season, thanks to the Della Penna Grand Prix Scholarships. Reid envisions expanding this impactful collaboration in 2024 and beyond, offering opportunities for young women like Jordyn and Aubre to pursue their dreams while gaining valuable life skills through go-kart racing.

The Della Penna Foundation is actively raising funds for a three-day program in May, inviting 20 high school girls from the Indianapolis metropolitan area to explore motorsports opportunities firsthand. This program, led by women actively involved in the sport, aims to inspire and inform the next generation.

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Michelle grew up on the track alongside her father, often being the only girl there. John Della Penna was a renowned Indycar driver and team owner who immigrated to the United States from Argentina at the age of 20 with the dream of racing cars. He understood the incredible sacrifices and deep financial investments that motorsport demands. After a successful career as an entrepreneur, Michelle decided it was time to change the industry. In 2021, she founded the Della Penna Foundation, whose mission is to empower girls with the knowledge, skills, and mentorship to fuel a future in motorsports, whether behind the wheel, on the pit road, in the front office, or in the research labs.
Why girls from 5 to 16 years old and why now?

 

"If you don't see it, you can't be it" and there are very few women in prominent positions.
 

Statistics show that between the ages of 9 and 16, girls drop out of STEM classes and close the door on a future in technology.

NXG and Jordyn Cummings Empowered Weekend

Della Penna Foundation's first scholar, Jordyn Cummings accepting her medal for winning the final race of the MA500 Program. This incredibly successful young woman was second overall in the MA500 program out of the entire NXG Driving gang who has been working hard all year. Her support squad was lead by her incredible mother, two siblings, young nephew and DPF's Susan Lucas-Conwell. We are excited to see her future in motorsports and continue supporting her along the way!!! You can see more photos in our gallery.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW:

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GIVING TUESDAY DONORS

Heartfelt thanks to our community's generous donations on Giving Tuesday. They enabled us to offer five scholarships in 2024 to high school girls in Indianapolis! Stay tuned for updates on the Grand Prix Scholarships and development programs.

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