Students preparing for careers in the automotive industry may be
eligible to receive automotive scholarships—ranging from $1,000–$4,000—through
the 2012 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF). The scholarship
application requires college transcripts and letters of recommendation
and is now available at www.sema.org/scholarships.
Since the fund's inception in 1984, it has awarded more than $1.5
million in scholarships to more than 600 students engaged in studies
leading to careers in the automotive aftermarket or related fields.
“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
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
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 institutions.