The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $272,000 to 97 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.
Current Press Releases
Five Jeep Wranglers customized by students as part of this year’s SEMA High School Build Program have been sold for a combined $127,000. The funds will be used by SEMA to provide another build opportunity to the same five schools and partner with five additional schools next year.
With 2,400 exhibiting manufacturers showcasing products that enhance a vehicle’s performance and styling, the SEMA Show is the world’s premier automotive trade event for discovering new innovations, trends and products. Held in Las Vegas, NV, the annual B2B show is a global destination for auto parts buyers worldwide.
SEMA’s search for young vehicle builders moves to the Pacific Northwest, as the SEMA Young Guns Regional Program joins Formula Drift at Evergreen Speedway on July 20, 2019.
SEMA is preparing for five unique Jeep Wranglers to be available for purchase via auction on BringaTrailer.com beginning July 15, 2019, in what is being referred to as “SEMA Week of Customs.” As part of SEMA’s High School Vehicle Build Program, each vehicle was customized by high school students working with industry volunteers and manufacturers. Sales from the vehicles will be used to fund future student projects, thereby creating a sustainable and growing program that provides students with real-world, hands-on educational experiences.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (June 3, 2019) – Tickets to SEMA’s Installation & Gala, taking place Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA, are now available at www.sema.org/gala . Open to all SEMA members, the Gala is one of the industry’s most prestigious celebrations where new Hall of Fame members are honored, incoming and outgoing board members are recognized and pinewood drag cars are raced for SEMA Cares, the industry’s charity.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (May 30, 2019) -- James Lawrence of Power Automedia has been elected chairman-elect and will help the SEMA Board of Directors lead the association in the next few years. Lawrence fills the position held for the past two years by Tim Martin of Aftermarket Advisors. Martin will begin his term as chairman in July. Melanie White of Hellwig Products and Kathryn Reinhardt of Pilot Automotive were also voted onto the SEMA Board of Directors while Chris Douglas of COMP Performance Group and Les Rudd of Bob Cook Sales were re-elected and will serve another term.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (May 29, 2019) — The top 15 applicants in the 2019 SEMA Launch Pad, presented by the Young Executives Network (YEN), have been selected and will advance to the six-week online voting stage. The public will be invited to vote from July 29 to September 8, thereby determining the finalists who will go on to pitch industry experts in front of a live audience at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the SEMA Show Student Program. One winner will be selected to win the top prize that includes $10,000 and exhibit space at the industry-leading SEMA Show.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (May 15, 2019) -- SEMA is partnering once again with onPeak to provide SEMA Showgoers with convenient, affordable and reliable housing options for the 2019 SEMA Show. Available through www.semashow.com/travel-and-lodging, hotel room reservations may be made at nearly 40 hotels throughout Las Vegas, NV.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (May 14, 2019) -- As the truck market evolves, the SEMA council dedicated to the truck industry is evolving as well. The council previously known as the Light Truck Accessories Alliance is now called the Truck & Off-Road Alliance (TORA), continuing to represent businesses related to traditional pickup accessories such as bedliners, running boards and caps while now including off-road products such as specialty wheels, tires, suspensions and nerf bars, in the off-road and UTV markets.