Automotive Scholarship Applications Now Available


 (Jan. 3, 2013)

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Automotive Scholarship Applications Now

-- SEMA Scholarship
Program Increases Awards to Up to $5,000

-- Applications Available at;
Due March 29, 2013

-- Unlike Financial Aid and Student Loans, Scholarship Awards Do Not Have
To Be Paid Back

DIAMOND BAR, CA (Jan. 3, 2013) - Applications for automotive
scholarships are now available through the 2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund
(SMSF) at
Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be
eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.

The $5,000 Top Student
award marks an increase from the award's previous amount of $4,000. Similarly,
scholarships for students attending four-year programs are up from $2,000 to
$3,000, and awards for students attending two-year programs increased from
$1,000 to $2,000.

"Students coming through
the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated such great potential. We've
increased the scholarship prizes to reward and better help prepare these
students for careers in the specialty-equipment industry," said Jamie Eriksen,
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

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

The application deadline
for all SMSF awards is March 29, 2013. For additional details, visit
or contact Juliet Marshall at
or 909-978-6655.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963,
represents the $29.99 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537
member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and
market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry
provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products
for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at
1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit



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