Annual NASCAR Award Honors Those Who Make a Difference

2016 Betty Jane France Award Ceremony

Do you know someone who is making a difference in the lives of the children in their community? Someone who is an “unsung hero” working tirelessly for others? If so, The NASCAR Foundation wants to hear from you.

Each year, The NASCAR Foundation honors one individual who is making a difference in their community by improving the lives of children. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award goes to a NASCAR fan who has made a positive impact on the lives of children through their volunteer efforts.

This prestigious award is named in honor of the NASCAR Foundation’s founder and chairwoman emeritus, and the winner receives a $100,000 donation to their designated charity. Three finalists will also be recognized and receive a $25,000 donation to the children’s charity they are affiliated with.

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor of the award, which the company says reinforces its commitment to being “More Than a Business.”

“One of Nationwide’s key missions is to improve the communities in which our associates and members live and work,” said Jim McCoy, Director of Sports Marketing at Nationwide. “Nationwide is proud to be associated with the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award which honors the selfless giving of others and we look forward to hearing the stories from our nominees.”

Don’t miss the March 1 deadline

The foundation began accepting nominations for the annual award on December 1, 2016 and submissions will close on March 1, 2017.

Among the criteria the committee uses to evaluate the applicants are:

  • Impact of their volunteer services on their organization’s mission
  • What affect a donation from The NASCAR Foundation would have on their organization
  • How well their work aligns with Betty Jane France’s legacy of compassion toward children
  • The overall story of that volunteer’s work and how it has benefited their charity

After all the information is collected and reviewed, the foundation will name four finalists and online voting will begin. All finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip a 2017 NASCAR race weekend and the winner will also be given an award and trophy at a NASCAR event in the fall.

To learn more about the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and to nominate a NASCAR fan who is making contributions to the lives of children, visit