SEMA Scholarships and Student Programs

SEMA Member News—May/June 2012 

SEMA Scholarships and Student Programs

Helping the Industry’s Next Generation

SEMA is dedicated to fostering the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. Its goal is to expand awareness of the automotive specialty-equipment aftermarket, provide scholarships and loan-forgiveness awards to the best and brightest students and give groups from colleges and universities the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show.

Since 1984, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 600 students who exhibit a passion for cars and trucks.

Scholarship assistance is available for career paths in:

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Design/Graphics
  • SEMA Scholarships CommitteeEngineering
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Photo/Journalism
  • Race Car Driver/Crew
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Technicians
  • Transportation 

August 1: SEMA Show Student ProgramRegistration Opens
October 1: SEMA Show Student ProgramRegistration Deadline
October 29: SEMA Show Student ProgramWelcome Lunch
December 3: Online Scholarship and Forgiveness Application Goes Live
April 5: Scholarship and Loan-ForgivenessApplication Deadline

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SEMA scholarships are available for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry who are working toward two- or four-year degrees. The online application will go live on December 3, 2012.

Past Scholarship Recipient Testimonial

Apply early and apply often. I was blessed to receive a SEMA scholarship, and I am very proud of the recognition from such a highly respected and recognized organization. While I was a bit of a “late bloomer” with respect to college, I learned the importance of passion in what you do. In regard to applying, tell your story, not what you think they want to hear. The people of SEMA are passionate and can recognize genuine passion when it is present. Be yourself. Be proud of where you have come from and what you are.

—David Arnouts, Associate Editor, Autoweek