Mercury Racing awards scholarships in skilled trades education

Mercury Racing, the high-performance division of Mercury Marine, has awarded three scholarships intended to support students pursuing a career in skilled trades.

“Mercury Racing relies on skilled tradespeople in every aspect of our business, from testing and manufacturing engines, drives and propellers to the installation and maintenance of our products at the network of Mercury Racing authorized dealerships,” said Mercury Racing General Manager Stuart Halley. “Through these scholarships we are making an investment in the future of these students and in the future of the marine industry.”

The Excellence in Trade Scholarship

For the fifth year Mercury Racing has funded this $5,000 scholarship for a high school senior from the Fond du Lac, Wis., area planning to pursue a trade education. The 2023 scholarship was awarded to Owen Binkelman from Lomira High School who is pursuing a career in Electrical Power Distribution at Moraine Park Technical College.

“This scholarship means a lot to me, especially when it can pay for almost my entire college tuition,” said Binkelman. “It feels extremely satisfying to win this scholarship knowing that I’ve achieved something I could only dream of.”

Impact Institute Education Scholarship

For 2023 Mercury Racing created two $1,500 scholarships for high school students enrolled in the Marine Services Technology program at Impact Institute, a vocational career training center located in Kendallville, Indiana, and serving thirteen school corporations in five northeast Indiana counties. The program typically enrolls 25 to 32 students a year and is a two-year program open to juniors and seniors. Mercury Marine has been a partner of the program, providing engines for testing, parts, and training materials. The annual scholarships are available to high school/home school junior and senior students with good academic standing who live within the five-county area served by Impact Institute.

The 2023 Impact Institute Education scholarships are awarded to Mackenzie Porin of Fremont High School and Carter Murphy of East Noble High School.

“It feels amazing to win this scholarship and is truly an honor,” said Porin. “The scholarship will really help me to take a step forward in my career as a mechanic and to push myself to get better every day and see what else I can accomplish.”

Applications and further information for the 2024 Excellence in Trade Scholarship and the 2024 Impact Institute Education Scholarship will be posted in January 2024 at Mercury Racing/Scholarships.

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