DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2013) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is accepting applications for automotive scholarships offered through the 2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) on its website.
SEMA said students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000. Most scholarships range from $2,000 to $3,000 in value, SEMA said, with $5,000 being awarded to the top student.
Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race car driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation.
"Students coming through the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated great potential and share the enthusiasm and passion that has fueled our industry," said Zane Clark, SEMA education director. "Our hope is that we'll continue to attract highly qualified students who will contribute and make strong, positive impacts in our industry."
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that does not have to be paid back, SEMA said. 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 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.
The application deadline for all SMSF awards is March 28, 2014.