Scholarship Applications Due March 1

SEMA News—February 2018

Industry News

By Amanda Gubbins

Applications for scholarship and loan-forgiveness awards will be accepted until March 1.

Scholarship Applications Due March 1

SEMA is now accepting applications for awards from the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto-parts industries. New this year, high-school and part-time students can apply for scholarships. The change is part of an effort by SEMA’s Scholarship Committee to start students down the automotive path and support their efforts at an earlier stage.

Scholarships are available in a variety of categories such as accounting, sales and marketing, and engineering. Dozens of awards ranging from $2,000–$3,000 will be given out, with a $5,000 award going to the top student.

The program also includes a loan-forgiveness aspect that offers financial awards to employees of SEMA-member companies who are paying off loans for completed programs of study at accredited universities, colleges or vocational/technical programs within the United States.

Visit to apply now. The application deadline is March 1.

A new Jeep Wrangler report examines accessory purchases, vehicle usage and enthusiast interests.

New Report Covers Purchase Habits of Jeep Wrangler Owners

The latest SEMA market research report focuses on profiling owners of ’91–’17 Jeep Wranglers (TJ and JK). By looking at accessory purchases, vehicle usage and interests, the data depicts the habits and accessorization patterns of Jeep owners. It also sheds light on their personal interests and the types of vehicle upgrades more likely to suit their lifestyles now and in the future.

SEMA members can download the “SEMA Jeep Wrangler Accessorizer Report” for free at Non-SEMA members may also access the report for a small fee.

  Collector Car
The ninth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day will take place on July 13—visit to let SAN know about your celebration.

Collector Car Appreciation Day to be Celebrated July 13

The next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated on July 13, to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Intended to celebrate classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Senate helped launch CCAD by passing Resolutions each year since 2010 at the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN). Previous resolutions were sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT). The Senators have been advocates for the hobby, and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering an appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in American history.

SEMA members are encouraged to host celebratory open houses, cruises, club gatherings and educational events on July 13 or throughout July. SAN will maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile at For more information, contact SAN Director Colby Martin at

Participants in the Australia Business Development Program will gain insight into the local accessories market and meet with pre-vetted buyers.

Discover the Australian Aftermarket, May 24–28

SEMA will return to Melbourne, Australia, for its overseas Business Development Program, May 24–28. Join fellow SEMA members to learn about the customizing-crazy Australian market, meet with pre-vetted buyers from the region and tour local shops. This is your chance to see first-hand which vehicles are on the road, and what opportunities exist for you to introduce your products and grow your business internationally.

SEMA has again partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. Awards of $800 are available to qualified companies to help defray participation costs.

To register, visit Contact Linda Spencer, SEMA senior director of international and government affairs, at with additional questions.

  Tech Transfer
The Tech Transfer program gives members access to detailed CAD data for the top-selling vehicles in the country.

SEMA Tech Transfer Expands—’18 Ford CAD Data Available

The SEMA Garage’s Technology Transfer program now has access to the new ’18 Ford OEM CAD data, which includes the newly redesigned Mustang, F-150 and Expedition.

The Tech Transfer program provides members with access to the detailed CAD data needed for product development purposes. Tech Transfer members can browse through the OEM CAD repository at to view available files. If the desired files are not listed, place a request and SEMA will help in obtaining the required data.

Manufacturers interested in becoming a Tech Transfer member can contact for information.



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