DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (July 22, 2002)—The Specialty Equipment Market Association has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to college students to further their education toward careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Each of the record 60 scholarship winners will receive up to $2,000 from the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“We are pleased to reward these outstanding students for their educational accomplishments,” said Mike Spagnola, SEMA Scholarship Committee chairman and president/CEO of Street Scene Equipment, Costa Mesa, Calif. “The scholarship committee is happy to support their hard work toward careers in the automotive aftermarket.”
The program awards scholarships at two eligibility levels. Students enrolled in a four-year or graduate-level program at an accredited college or university who have completed a minimum of 60 hours credit, or who have been classified as a junior or senior at the time of scholarship application, are eligible for awards of $1,000 or more.
Students enrolled in a two-year community college or proprietary vocational-technical program who have completed a minimum of 30 hours credit, or who have been classified as a sophomore, are eligible for awards of $1,000.
Applicants must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average, demonstrate financial need equal to or exceeding the amount of the award and be pursuing a course of study leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field, SEMA said.
The 2002 SEMA awards went to students from 18 states who will attend 33 colleges, universities and technical schools this coming year.