January 8, 2009

DIAMOND BAR, CA - Full-time students in the United States and Canada pursuing a career in the automotive industry may be eligible for financial assistance through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF).Over the past two decades, SEMA scholarships have supported over 700 students with more than $1,000,000 in scholarship awards. The program rewards the best and brightest students engaged in studies leading to careers in the automotive aftermarket or related fields. The application deadline for the upcoming year is April 1, 2009. SEMA will offer four-year, two-year, graduate, loan forgiveness and member/dependent scholarships.

In order to apply for the 2009 program, applicants must visit www.SEMA.org/scholarships to access the new online application. As in past years, the applicant must provide complete contact information, education history and work history. Scholarships will be awarded based on the selections of SEMA judges and the Scholarship Committee. To qualify, the applicant must have a 2.5 minimum GPA, 25 minimum credits for two-year scholarships, 50 minimum credits for four-year awards, proof that the student is in an automotive field of study and a completed application. The applicant will also need to supply SEMA with two letters of recommendation, an essay and current official transcripts, which must be faxed separately. Working for a member company or being a dependent of an employee of a member company significantly enhances the applicant's chances.

Details and applications are available at www.SEMA.org/scholarships and due by April 1, 2009. For more information, contact SEMA at (909) 396-0289 or member@sema.org.

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $38.1 billion specialty automotive industry of 7,358 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 www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com