2024 SEMA Scholarship Program now Accepting Applications

Awards up to $5,000 are available to students pursuing automotive careers…

The 2024 SEMA Scholarship application period for students pursuing careers in the automotive or performance parts industries is now open and will run through March 1.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) noted that interested applicants can review and complete the scholarship application online.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund supports career development and access into the automotive industry by offering financial awards up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of industry leaders and innovators, officials stated in a press release announcing the application period.

In addition to financial assistance, scholarship winners have the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show, providing firsthand education and networking opportunities.

Masen Schneider, a freshman studying mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota, received a SEMA Scholarship in 2023, furthering his opportunity to achieve his dream career in the automotive aftermarket. He hopes to one day be an automotive parts designer.

“It means a lot to receive a scholarship from an organization like SEMA because as big and impactful as they are, they see your story and experience and want to help propel you toward your dream,” Schneider said.

High school seniors and college students in the United States and Canada who demonstrate a passion for automotive hobbies and careers are eligible to apply. Scholarships are available in a variety of disciplines leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket, including accounting, sales, marketing, engineering and more.

“SEMA is committed to supporting students with an ambition to accelerate their career in the dynamic and exciting world of the automotive aftermarket,” said Chris Standifer, SEMA manager of recognition programs. “The financial support can help alleviate the burden of student loans and make pursuing their education more accessible.”

A loan forgiveness component is also available to employees of SEMA member companies who have completed and are currently paying off a loan for a program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school within the United States and Canada. Loan forgiveness awards are issued up to $2,000.

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