For several years, Jeff and Cathy Beerbower have had an idea on the back burner to initiate a Log Road MX scholarship for college bound racers. Jeff, Cathy, Amy and I feel that education is an important tool that every rider needs to take advantage of. If we, as owners of Log Road MX, can do something to help make a college education a reality in our racers’ futures, we are willing and want to make that happen. With that goal in mind, 2007 marked the first year in what we hope is a long line of Log Road MX scholarships. Motocross is a great tool for learning. It teaches you hard work, determination, confidence and the ability to work through adversity. Motocross is a sport that sets you apart from the crowd and can be a great asset in helping get you into your school or program of choice.
The 2007 Log Road MX Scholarship program was open to all AMA District 14 riders, with a priority given to Log Road MX participants. Applicants require a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible. Applicants must exemplify creativity, a desire to win, a strong entrepreneurial sprit and have plans to enroll, or already be enrolled, as a student at a higher education college, university or trade school.
Our first Log Road MX college scholarship recipient is Kelsie Bernholtz who hails from Delta, Ohio. Kelsie competes in the Women’s Sr. class. Kelsie is a freshman and will be attending the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio in the Pre-Med program with a major in Microbiology. Kelsie did a lot of medical work while in high school, following different types of medicines and found that the challenge of the ER was to her liking. Kelsie tells us “Motocross has taught me how to be persistent, never give up or to settle. Each time you fall or stumble, it is up to you to get up, try again and do your best to succeed”.
Our second Log Road MX college scholarship recipient is Josh Radi of Battle Creek, Michigan. Josh graduated from Kellogg Community College with an associate degree in science and arts and will be starting at Western Michigan in September. Josh will be going to school to be a Physician Assistant. We asked Josh what Motocross has done to make him the kind of student he has become. “Motocross has been so influential over the years, but after starting school, I could see the drive that it gave me to be the best I could be was tremendous. At KCC, I was elected president of my class. I head a KCC-wide recycling program. Basically, it has made me very determined to be successful in my life”.
Motocross is a sport that both the Beerbower and Newman families have been involved with for years and we feel both honored and blessed that we have the ability, through Log Road MX, to give something back to the sport we are so passionate about.
Good luck to Kelsie and Josh and thanks for letting us play a little part in your education. We are very proud to be a part of these two great students’ future and have already made plans to continue this program again in 2008.
Jeff & Cathy Beerbower
Bart & Amy Newman
Log Road Motocross