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Applications Due Next Week for 2013 SEMA Scholarships

  SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund
Qualified students may be eligible to receive a financial award of up to $5,000 through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Applications are due by Friday, March 29.

By SEMA Staff

The deadline to submit an application for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is Friday, March 29. To get an application, visit and click on "apply now." Note: To access the information through, users must create a new account or log in to their existing account. 

Since 1984, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 600 students interested in an automotive career. Scholarships are available for students pursing careers in the automotive industry who are working toward two- or four-year degrees.

A student may be eligible to receive a financial award of up to $5,000. Scholarship assistance is available for students pursuing automotive industry careers in accounting, administration, advertising, design/graphics, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, photography/journalism, race car driver/crew, restyling, sales/marketing, technicians and transportation.

One Full Ride Available: If you know of any students who are planning to attend Ohio Technical College (OTC) in the fall, they may be eligible to win a full ride to OTC valued at $29,400.

Loan Forgiveness: Awards are also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies and are paying off existing student loans.

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a full-time program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program in the United States. 

If currently attending a four-year accredited university or college, applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 credit hours.

If currently attending a two-year accredited community college or vocational/technical program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 25 credit hours.

Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average

Be pursuing studies leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field.

  • Remain enrolled as a full-time student for the first full semester following the award. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified in the summer of 2013. Scholarship payments are sent directly to the college, university, trade or vocational school to help offset the cost of tuition. Loan forgiveness payments are sent directly to the financial institutions. Additional details regarding scholarships and loan forgiveness awards are available at Contact Juliet Marshall if you need assistance with the online application at or 909-978-6655.