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Mercury Racing Announces 2023 Scholarship Winners

As dependent as Mercury Racing is on its in-house engineers, nothing gets produced at the company without skilled tradespeople. To that end, the high-performance marine engine and accessories leader in Fond du Lac, Wis., has awarded three of its annual scholarships to Wisconsin-based students pursuing marine trades. The news was announced in a press release this morning.

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.” Photo from the 2021 Race World Offshore Key West World Championships courtesy/copyright Cole McGowan.

Established five years ago, the $5,000 Mercury Racing Excellence in Trade Scholarship is going 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.”

This year, 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, Ind. The two-year program typically enrolls 25 to 32 students a year and is open to juniors and seniors.

The 2023 Impact Institute Education scholarships are going 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.”

Supporting the trades through scholarships is part of Mercury Racing’s bigger-picture view, according Stuart Halley, the company’s general manager.

“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,” he said in the release. “Through these scholarships we are making an investment in the future of these students and in the future of the marine industry.”

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