The leading advocate for women in motorsports, Lyn established the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation in 1994 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development for talented, up-and-coming young women in racing.
Central to her Foundation was the Women in the Winner’s Circle Academy. Over a number of years, the Academy became the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind, providing in-depth training of both on and off-track skills. All told, more than 275 women drivers from 33 states and 5 countries – including notables Danica Patrick, Erica Enders, Erin Crocker-Evernham, Melanie Troxel and Sarah Fisher – participated in Lyn’s invitation-only Academy.
As vitally important as the training aspect, St. James recognized the critical need of providing financial resources to these talented drivers. As a result, in 2007, with the support of Paul Newman/Newman’s Own, the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation announced the first ever scholarship fund for women race car drivers: Project Podium.
In 2013, the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation combined resources with the Women’s Sports Foundation to establish the Women’s Sports Foundation Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant. Today, the Women’s Sports Foundation and Lyn share the following vision for the matching-funds grant:
Under the leadership of Lyn St. James, all applications are reviewed by a panel of motorsports experts and business professionals.
Interested in lending your support? Donate now to the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant to ensure that women in racing continue achieving success.
Interested in applying for a scholarship? Click here for the application.
This grant would not be possible without the help of the following: Lady Eagle, The Joie of Seating, iRacing.com, Arciero Miller Racing, and Pirelli Tires. Other Project Podium partners include: Tudor United SportsCar Championship, NHRA Championship Drag Racing, Rolex, Newman’s Own, Toyota, Mazda, and Mike Helton.
For additional information, please contact:
Women’s Sports Foundation
1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Ste 400
East Meadow, NY 11554