SEMA News—December 2012


Leo Kagan Scholarship Established


Kagan is an industry icon who was instrumental in the founding of the SEMA scholarship program
Presented through the SEMA Scholarship Program, the newly established Leo Kagan Scholarship will be awarded annually to a female in the restyling industry.  

SEMA recently established the Leo Kagan Scholarship as part of the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which promotes industry leadership by supporting the educational efforts of current and future automotive professionals.

Kagan is an industry icon who was instrumental in the founding of the SEMA scholarship program. The new scholarship will be presented annually to a female interested in a career in the restyling market.

“While women were not traditionally involved in our industry, they have become more and more integral over the years,” said Kagan. “I’m glad that this SEMA scholarship will ensure that females receive support and encouragement to pursue careers in the automotive restyling market. Such diversity in our industry is what contributes to the excitement and innovation of the specialty-equipment market.”

The Leo Kagan Scholarship will be among the many scholarships SEMA provides. SEMA scholarships are presented annually to students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket. A total of $130,000 was awarded to 69 individuals in 2012.

“Leo has contributed a great deal to SEMA and to the industry for nearly 50 years,” said Joel Ayres, SEMA scholarship committee chairman. “It’s great to recognize his long-time work and support through this scholarship. Leo’s impact and contributions to the industry will continue to be felt for generations to come.”

Applications for the next school year will be available at in early December, with applications due April 5, 2013.


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