The Wendell Scott Foundation to Host Legacy Gala December 8

For Immediate Release

Inaugural gala will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

DANVILLE, VA – The Wendell Scott Foundation (WSF) will hold its first annual Legacy Gala on December 8, 2018, at 7pm at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

The gala is a black tie fundraiser focusing on the foundation’s strides in the community, raising awareness of the young men and women the WSF serves, and honoring the 55th anniversary win of NASCAR’s racing legend Wendell Scott. Hosted by a dynamic group of corporate sponsors, professional organizations and local businesses the WSF Gala will be an evening of celebration. The fundraising event will raise funds to help us build a permanent home for our foundation and the legacy of Wendell Scott.

The event will feature 5 time Grammy Award winner Lalah Hathaway.

“We’re looking forward to honoring my grandfather’s legacy, and continue to make an impact on the youth through our programs,” said Warrick Scott, Foundation CEO. “Our hopes are to not only educate people about the accomplishments of my grandfather, but also inspire others to follow in his footsteps.”

Proceeds from the Legacy Gala will go towards the Wendell Scott Foundation programs. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets: email info(at)

About the Wendell Scott Foundation
To serve youth, and the community, WSF supports students’ education and development through cultural enrichment activities and STEM based programs, and advocates for the importance of education and college readiness in underserved communities. WSF administers several key programs, including scholarship, internship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and job readiness programs.

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2014 Young Advocates Institute a Success!!

2014 Young Advocates Institute a Success!!

Greensboro, NC-This past weekend The Wendell Scott Foundation partnered in hosting the 2014 Young Advocates Institute (YAI). This project housed, trained, and bought together 200 teens, ages 13-17, from across North Carolina and Virginia for a weekend of prevention education, leadership development, and skill building seminars. Hosted at North Carolina A & T University, Greensboro, NC.

The Institute featured many national speakers, panel discussions, campus tours, curbside consultations, and team building activities such as

• We Gon’ Show Da World: A Vision of My Future
• Welcome to the Real World: Understanding Money
• Rep Your Brand!
• The Great Debaters: I Got Something To Say!
• HER & HIStory:The Art of Storytelling
• Shark Tank: Exercise on Starting A Business

The Wendell Scott Foundation was very delighted to serve our youth and be a part of such a dynamic event and it is our hope that they enjoyed their time and stay with us as much as we enjoyed having them with us.
We look forward to hosting many more events for our youth! CHECK OUT more photos from the Young Advocates Institute!

Fuel for the Future: Enhancing Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Fuel for the Future: Enhancing Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research presents: Enhancing Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), a panel discussion in which the goal is to: engage community, parents and youth in learning more about STEM fields, understand the important role underrepresented populations portray in filling these positions and determine ways to increase minority involvement in the evolving fields of STEM.

Learning is an ongoing process that can be exciting and fun! Fuel for the Future was created to provide the fuel that students need to excel in their life goals and to assist in the creation of a lifelong learning mindset. In 2014, IALR will continue its Fuel for the Future Lecture Series. Last years lectures focused on topics such as Career and College Planning, Business Etiquette, Presentation and Communication Skills and Ten Things Every College Student Should Know
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Wendell Scott elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Wendell Scott elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wendell Scott earned a second NASCAR first on Wednesday: He became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The late driver from Virginia was among the latest group of five — all drivers, another first — voted in the hall on Wednesday. Scott joins popular NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, two-time series champ Joe Weatherly, 1960 champion Rex White and 26-time race winner Fred Lorenzen.

Scott competed in NASCAR’s top series from 1961-73. He won his only race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1963, taking the checkered flag in the 100-mile feature after starting 15th. Scott started 495 Sprint Cup events and had a 147 top 10 finishes.

“I just felt like that his time was coming and he would say that too, one day it’s going to happen,” said Scott’s son, Franklin.

When Scott’s name was called there were enthusiastic shouts and applause from fans, officials and family members gathered at the NASCAR Hall of Fame rotunda. He was the second-leading vote getter behind Elliott from a 54-member panel, including current Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

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Numbers on the Board

Numbers on the Board

The 2013 Hall of Fame class is to be congratulated.  The Voting Committee was faced with perhaps its toughest vote to date.  The selections of Rusty Wallace, Buck Baker, Leonard Wood, Cotton Owens and Herb Thomas were right on and all worthy.  But as we look to next year’s nominating and voting process the Wendell Scott story should be discussed in the right context.  Scott wasn’t just the “black driver with a win” he was a champion, a fierce competitor and earned the respect of his fellow drivers.

Perhaps the most remarkable fact about Scott is that when he began his premier series (then called Grand National now called Sprint Cup) career he was forty years old!  Scott brought along his tenacity and grit from the local tracks to big time racing.  In his 13 year career he managed 495 starts which ranks him 32nd on NASCAR’s all time list.  During that time Scott amassed 147 top 10s, 20 top 5s and one win.  He also won the pole at Savannah, Ga in 1962 that set the dirt track record for all ½ mile tracks.

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