Partnership with National Guard Youth Foundation Awards Cadets in California, Indiana and Maryland

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2013) – Panther Racing and the National Guard Youth Foundation announced its “Racing Toward Success” Scholarship program for graduates of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program today in the IndyCar Fan Village. Three Youth ChalleNGe programs – Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe (Knightstown, Ind.) and Freestate ChalleNGe (Edgewood, MD) – will each nominate one male and one female graduate, who will be presented with $2,000 scholarships at their respective races.

The two scholarship recipients honored today from Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy were Breeana Skidmore and Christian Klein, who both graduated from Sunburst in December of 2012 and will attend college in the fall.

“We’ve been associated with the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program since 2008, and the ‘Racing Toward Success’ scholarships are another way we want to help support the second chance many of these cadets have earned,” Panther Racing Managing Partner and CEO John Barnes said. “We were very excited to announce the program today, and all of us at Panther wish Breeana and Christian all the best as they head to college this fall.”

Skidmore, of Fullerton (Calif.), will attend school for cosmetology and plans continue her education to pursue a business degree. Klein, of Helendale (Calif.), will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Skidmore and Klein were selected as recipients based on academic improvement, character growth and a personal essay.

Once all six Cadets have received their $2,000 scholarships this year, they will all be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship, which will be awarded at the National Guard Youth Foundation’s Ninth Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala in February 2014.
“Both Breeana and Christian have demonstrated significant personal growth and academic achievement while at the Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy,” said Gail Dady, President, National Guard Youth Foundation Board of Directors. “The Foundation is honored to partner with Panther Racing for the ‘Racing Toward Success’ scholarship so we can continue providing financial assistance to deserving candidates like Breeana and Christian. We are happy to help as they take another step toward a future full of promise.”
About The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program:
ChalleNGe is a 17- month, voluntary, second-chance program for 16- to 18-year-old struggling youth who have dropped out of school. Participants have the opportunity to enhance life skills, increase self-esteem, learn job skills, and earn a high school diploma, GED or return to high school to graduate with their peers. ChalleNGe has undergone rigorous evaluations, the results of which show it yields success for both its participants and its funders. Since the program’s inception in 1993, ChalleNGe has grown to 34 programs in 27 states and Puerto Rico, and has helped more than 115,000 former dropouts make it to graduation day.

About The National Guard Youth Foundation:
The National Guard Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3), supports the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program’s efforts to address the nation’s high school dropout crisis by giving youth a second chance, helping them graduate and continue their education or join the skilled workforce in America. The Foundation awards scholarships and facilitates internships and job opportunities for ChalleNGe graduates. To learn more about the Foundation’s initiatives, please visit

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