Students preparing for careers in the automotive industry may be
eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $1,000–$4,000 through
the 2011 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF). The scholarship
application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2011, and requires college
transcripts and letters of recommendation. It is now available at www.sema.org/scholarships.
“Paying for a high-quality education is a challenge for many,
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 an innovative and exciting industry.”
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 2011. 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 institutions.