AUTOMOTIVE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.
(Jan. 3, 2012) -
Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2012
SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) at www.sema.org/scholarships.
Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be
eligible for cash awards ranging from $1,000-$4,000.
"Paying for a high-quality
education is a challenge for many people, particularly in today's tough
economy," said Jamie Eriksen, SEMA education director. "SEMA is pleased to play
a part in helping students prepare for careers in our industry. The
specialty-equipment industry is innovative, dynamic and holds many
opportunities for the next generation."
Unlike financial aid and
student loans, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that does not
have to be paid back. Awards are granted to eligible applicants based on
academic achievements, work experience, community involvement, essay content
and recommendations. Students may re-apply each year, provided that they still
meet the eligibility criteria.
A loan forgiveness award is
also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies
and paying off existing student loans. Details and applications for both the
scholarship and the loan-forgiveness awards are available at www.sema.org/scholarships.
Winners will be notified in
the summer of 2012. Scholarship payments are sent directly to the student's
college, university, trade or vocational school to help offset the cost of
tuition. Loan-forgiveness payments are sent directly to the financial
SEMA, the Specialty
Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $27.9 billion
specialty automotive industry of 6,383 member-companies. It is the
authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information
for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance,
performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and
recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley
Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/978-6723, or visit www.sema.org