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SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund | Automotive Scholarships

February 5th, 2015

From the SEMA website. You NEED to apply for this opportunity, whether you’re a student or a graduate who works for a SEMA company. Seriously, they’re offering loan forgiveness for recent graduates – an extremely rare opportunity!!

Deadline is April 1, 2015. I suggest infusing your passion into the application – stats and grade are great, but our industry wants to see why you’re motivated to dedicate your career to automotive!


College is expensive. SEMA can help. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 – $3,000, with $5,000 going 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 Transportation

For Students attending Ohio Technical College (OTC): a full-year of tuition, valued up to $29,400, will be awarded to one student! 

The SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program is dedicated to aiding recent graduates in getting off to a successful start in their automotive aftermarket career. We offer $2,000 awards toward outstanding student loans for individuals who are employed by SEMA member companies. Read more.. 

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 

The current minimum eligibility requirements are as follows. A student must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen enrolled full-time in a program of study at an accredited university, college or post-secondary vocational/technical program located within the fifty (50) United States, at the time of application.
    (Permanent/Legal residents and High School students are not eligible to apply.) 
  • If currently attending a four-year accredited university or college you must have completed a minimum of 50 credit hours OR
  • If currently attending a two-year accredited community college or vocational/technical program you must have completed a minimum of 25 credit hours OR
  • If currently attending an accredited automotive training certification program, you must have half of total curriculum requirements/classroom hours completed.
  • If currently enrolled in a Master’s, Post-baccalaureate or Doctorate degree program, this eligibility requirement is satisfied by the completion of your undergraduate degree.
  1. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  2. Be pursuing studies leading to a career in the automotive industry or related field.
  3. Remain enrolled as a full-time student in the first academic term following receipt of the award.

Scholarship Application “To Do” List: 

  1. Provide Unofficial College Transcripts
  2. Provide Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • From teachers, administrators or guidance counselors; those who are familiar with your academic performance. (Letters from family or friends will not be accepted.)
  • Letters should be addressed to the “SEMA Memorial Scholarship Program” and submitted on official letterhead.
  1. Provide Two (2) 250-Word Essays in Response to the Following Questions:

a) Why do you want to pursue a career in the automotive aftermarket? What do you feel you can contribute to this industry?

b) The automotive aftermarket is driven by the passion of the people in it. What drives you? What inspires you? Why should you be awarded a SEMA Memorial Scholarship? 

  4.  Provide Personal Background Information:

  • Academic Activities
  • Community Service
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Automotive-Related Activities
  • Honors and Awards
  • Applicant Work Experience
  • Military Experience

To Get Started, Follow These Steps:

  • Create a free account using your email address
  • Select “Apply for a scholarship/award” at right side of home page
  • Enter program key SEMA
  • Have someone else review and proofread your essays and the completed application
  • Submit completed application by April 1, 2015
  • You will be notified in June; if you are selected, the funds will be sent to the financial aid office and applied to your tuition balance.

Jeff Krosnoff Motorsports Scholarship Fund

November 4th, 2013

We love to share scholarships that are of interest to or apply to the motorsports community, and this is a great motorsports scholarship in memory of racer Jeff Krosnoff that we’d like motorsports students to be aware of. All information has be obtained through the Jeff Krosnoff Scholarship Fund website.

The scholarship will award $10,000, payable to the college or university the winner will attend.

Racing was a dream come true for Jeff, and the organizers and sponsors of the scholarship hope that the money awarded will help the recipient in reaching his or her own dreams. The scholarship will not only help Jeff’s legacy live on, but also help in creating a better future for deserving young adults.

Qualifications: Four-year college bound California high school seniors with excellent academic credentials who have demonstrated a breadth of interests, a driving desire to succeed in their chosen endeavors, outstanding community citizenship and the ability to share their experiences through the written word.

Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average in grades 9-12 of at least 3.0.

And complete the application and essay. Don’t write what you think we want to hear.. We’ll know. Be honest and forthcoming.

Each application MUST do the following:

-Complete Student Application Form. (Found on the website.)

-Enclose a copy of your high school transcripts. These transcripts can be unofficial.

-One copy of the essay, which should be 2-4 type printed pages in length, double spaced. Do not hand write your essay.

-Staple your application form, transcripts and other information to your original type printed essay.

-Include only contact information of your references on the application. There is no need to send Letters of References. We will contact your references.

-Send materials postmarked on or before the deadline of January 8, 2014.

-In the case of a close decision there may be a short phone interview.

Want a motorsports scholarship? Now is the time to apply…

June 24th, 2011

Are you looking for scholarships to help you pay for or reduce the cost of school? It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, whether you’re returning to school in the fall or it’s winter break, now is the time to start looking and apply for scholarships, whether they are motorsports scholarships or just funding a motorsports education.

No matter where you’re going to be attending school, what age you are, or what you’ll be studying, there are scholarships out there that you can qualify for. But many of the scholarships have deadlines far in advance of the semester so that they can go through applications, decide on a winner and prepare paperwork with your college.


The first step in getting a scholarship is doing a search on what’s out there. One of the best places to start is Fastweb, an online scholarship search tool. It’s a great way to see what kinds of scholarships are out there, and what it takes to apply for them. You can also purchase a scholarship book but you want to make sure that it’s up to date with the latest information, like The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes.


Once you know what kinds of scholarships there are, from essay to application, you’ll want to narrow your search down to your strengths and anything else that makes you unique aside from wanting a motorsports education. Do you go to a church? Do your parents belong to a club or work for a large company? See if those organizations have scholarships available.

Did you grow up farming potatoes? Have you been involved in student government? Are you a skilled photographer? If you’re interested in a motorsports education, you’ve obviously shown some interest in racing. Motorsports scholarships are out there in addition to scholarships targeted towards your other interests and skills. Some include the Ricky Hendrick Scholarship, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Motorsports Scholarship and many more.


Do a google or Fastweb search for terms with your standout points along with ‘scholarship’. There are lots of scholarships out there and, whether they offer a $500 prize or a gift card to, every little bit helps when it comes to paying for college.


Once you identify a few scholarships that you qualify for, it’s time to get to the applications. The strategy that will work the best for most people is to pick less than 10 scholarships and give those the best application you can instead of spreading yourself thin by applying to every scholarship out there.

And the best way to apply? Start. That’s often the hardest part for most people, but it’s the most important. Draft an outline of what you’ll write or do for the scholarship. Then start filling it in slowly. You’ll have a draft of your essay or application. Then, edit it. Then have your parents read it. Then edit it more. Then have a teacher read it. Have everyone you can get look over your application. Very few applicants will do this, so it will improve your application, and chances of getting a scholarship, greatly.


Set aside 15 minutes every day for your scholarship search, and make that happen. If you feel like working longer, and often you will, that’s great. If not, at least you’re creating a habit out of it.

Good luck with your scholarship search as you pursue a motorsports education, whether it is at a motorsports engineering school or otherwise!


Automotive Women’s Alliance Motorsports Scholarship

June 1st, 2011

The Automotive Women’s Alliance offers a scholarship of varying amounts (although the majority appear to be $2,500) quarterly to female students who show a passion for the automotive industry or are pursuing a motorsports education based on a written application.

While this scholarship isn’t specifically a motorsports scholarship, it certainly can be applied to motorsports education if the committee deems it fit. There is no age limit on the scholarship and it can be applied to any type of program as long as the applicant will be applying her education to the automotive industry.

The application is pretty straightforward. In order to apply, students must fill out the application and provide a college transcript or high school transcript and proof of college enrollment, a cover letter (essay-style), and a resume.

There is no deadline, although the description shows that it is awarded quarterly.

Scholarship winners must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for the year in which they receive the scholarship.

Past scholarship winners have applied their awards to: Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University Human Resource Management, Northwood University Automotive Marketing and Business Management, University of Northwestern Ohio Performance Motorsports and Automotive Management, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering, Eastern Michigan University Graduate School Quality Management, Kettering University Mechanical Engineering and many more.

As you can see, it’s not necessary to be in a motorsports or even automotive technology program to qualify for the scholarship. It’s enough to show interest in the automotive industry and have the intent to apply your education to that field. This is a great way to help fund your motorsports education, even if you’re not attending a motorsports engineering school.

NASCAR Announces College Scholarship Program

May 18th, 2011

Daytona Beach, Fla. (May 12, 2011) – NASCAR today announced the return of the NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program and the University of Central Florida, DeVos School of Management Scholarship.

For a second consecutive year, the NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program is funded in part by long-time NASCAR partner UPS. The program was established to provide financial support to deserving African-American and Hispanic students currently enrolled in college who are pursuing degrees in areas of study related to motorsports, including marketing, engineering and public relations.

The scholarship program is part of NASCAR Diversity Affairs’ integrated initiative that includes a scholarship program, mentorship program and summer internship program.

“We are continually seeking ways to further engage students as fans and as future employees of the sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development. “The goal is to create permanent employment prospects for diverse college students entering the work force through viable, real-world opportunities.”

The NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships administered by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In addition, NASCAR and UPS support a scholarship program for students attending the University of Central Florida, DeVos School of Management which offers a master’s program in sports management.

“UPS’s commitment to diversity extends beyond our workforce, and we’re excited to continue our support with NASCAR in this important initiative,” said Ron Rogowski, UPS vice president, global sponsorships & events.

The scholarships are based on the following award criteria:
§ 3.0 GPA requirement
§ Documented financial need
§ College juniors, seniors and graduate students with majors in: business, communications, engineering, mass media, public relations or technology
§ Participation in the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) is encouraged but not required

2010 UNCF NASCAR/UPS Wendell Scott Scholarship recipients:
· Dionna Shamecca Everett, Clafin University, Camden SC
· Barry Antoine Formey, Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC
· Latrice Rashon Levels, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX
· Nerrissa Mitchell, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

2010 HACU NASCAR/UPS Wendell Scott Scholarship recipients:
· Yesenia Arrovo, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
· Jocelyn Baez, Florida International University, Miami, FL
· Neida Ortiz, Florida International University, Miami, FL
· Vanessa Ramos, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

2010 University of Central Florida, DeVos School of Management Scholarship recipients:
· Caitlin Schneider, Class of 2011
· Cristina Ecks, Class of 2011
· Jesse Gardner, Class of 2011
· Kristin Hurst, Class of 2011

Facts about Wendell Scott
Wendell Scott was the first African American driver to win a NASCAR Cup race. He won in NASCAR’s premier series on Dec. 1, 1963, on a 1-mile dirt track in Jacksonville, Fla. Wendell Scott made 495 starts during his career and posted 147 top-10 finishes before retiring in 1973. Scott died in 1990. As part of an ongoing effort to recognize trailblazers in the sport, Wendell Scott was recognized during the Las Vegas Race the weekend of March 4-6, 2011, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of his first start – March 4, 1961 in Spartanburg, SC.

The Ricky Hendrick Scholarship Fund

March 28th, 2011

If you happen to have a parent who works for the Hendrick Automotive Group, you might be interested in applying for the Ricky Hendrick Scholarship Fund. The Hendrick organization is giving away up to 50 motorsports scholarships worth $2,500 towards higher education.

The motorsports scholarship is very easy to apply for: just provide a transcript, a personal statement and sign the terms of agreement. The Ricky Hendrick Scholarship can be applied to any college and any major. Motorsports engineering and mechanical engineering are both eligible, so if you’re interested in motorsports education this is definitely worth applying for. The scholarship application opens on April 1 and closes on May 31, 2011. Learn more here:

ASA Student Educational Series Sees Growth in 2011

December 26th, 2010

A program that started as a pilot program at Madison International Speedway in 2008, the ASA-Student Educational Series will grow in 2011 to offer students from Ohio Technical College, a motorsports school, the opportunity to extend their education outside of the classroom and earn a motorsports scholarship.

Ohio Technical College came into the program as a partner in the series, which is licensed by the American Speed Association, in 2010. Participants must first be enrolled at Ohio Technical College to be a part of the ASA-Student Educational Series.

ASA-Student Educational Series

Image courtesy of The ASA-Student Educational Series

Students that take part in the ASA-Student Educational Series are given the opportunity to earn points based on their participation in racing activities that determine the value of scholarships that are applied to their motorsports education at Ohio Technical College. A total of $135,000 in motorsports scholarships have been distributed.

In order to participate in the program and earn scholarships, students work with race teams during the summer as they compete weekly at participating ASA member tracks. They complete a log book of their hours, activities and responsibilities, and complete an essay assignment at the beginning and end of the summer detailing their experience, what they expect to learn,  the results of their training and how they will apply it to their motorsports engineering and automotive education.

Students apply the scholarships earned as a result of their summer experiences to programs at Ohio Technical College, including Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision, Restoration, PowerSports, Manufacturing, and Welding.

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is now a fast growing racing sanctioning body. The ASA Member Track program is comprised of asphalt and dirt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. ASA-Student Educational Series expects to see growth in the number of ASA Member Tracks offering programs, as well as the number of student participants.

NASCAR Technical Institute Breakdown

December 20th, 2010

Location: Mooresville, NC

Degree: NASCAR automotive technology certificate

Admissions: Open enrollment, no deadline. Classes start every six weeks.

Application Fee: No

Tuition: Ranges from $18,000 to $43,000 per year

Financial Aid: Available by filling out the FAFSA

Scholarships: Need-based, Federal and Private available

Nascar Technical InstituteNASCAR Technology Training Program:

UTI’s NASCAR Technology Training Program is a 48-week core program that teaches students general Automotive Technology with a NASCAR racing component. Students will be trained to troubleshoot, service and repair automobiles and ultimately learn advanced techniques for building and testing a competitive NASCAR engine.

UTI’s hands-on labs are state-of-the-industry classrooms where students will find equipment and instructors ready to prepare them for a great career as a NASCAR technician.

Scholarships are available through the UTI Foundation Scholarship Fund, which can be viewed at: While many scholarships are earmarked for certain criteria, for example military veterans or those attending a particular campus, many are available for those who need a motorsports scholarship or racing-related grant.

Learn more about a motorsports education and careers in racing today at:

IUPUI Announces Motorsports Engineering Scholarship

December 3rd, 2010

IUPUI will announce today at the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) the creation of a scholarship program for the motorsports engineering program in conjunction with CARA Charities. The announcement will be made at the inaugural IUPUI-sponsored IMIS Youth Safety Program.

The CARA Motorsports Scholarship is available for traditional, full-time students that are admitted directly into the Motorsports Engineering Program at IUPUI. Preference will be given to students that have demonstrated commitment to community by volunteering for a charitable organization.

CARA Charities was founded in 1981 as the Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary by the wives of legendary IndyCar drivers in an effort to promote auto racing and engage in charitable activities. Today, CARA Charities operates as one of the longest-running charitable organizations in open-wheel motorsports.

In 2008, IUPUI, a leading auto racing school, became the first university in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in motorsports engineering, and the university continues to improve and develop motorsports education programs to encompass various aspects of the sport. From a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Motorsports Engineering and a Motorsports Technology Certificate offered by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, to a variety of racetrack opportunities and outstanding internship placements, the motorsports programs at IUPUI continue to thrive.

For more information about motorsports at IUPUI, visit The Motorsports Student’s Schools page.

Deadline Approaching for the Brienne Davis Scholarship Application

November 7th, 2010

For the past three years, the UTI Foundation of the Universal Technical Institute has partnered with the NASCAR Foundation to offer one $10,000 Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship for a qualified female student who will pursue an automotive technology education at any UTI campus. An additional $3,000 scholarship provided by C&R Racing will also be awarded.

The scholarship is given in honor of Brienne Davis, a UTI graduate and NASCAR official who was killed in a car accident in 2008, in order to increase the number of women in NASCAR and the motorsports industry. Davis was one of a few female officials in the sport of NASCAR.

Recently, over 20 NASCAR drivers, celebrities and The Charlies Daniels Band participated in a Jail and Bail Event to raise over $150,000 for the UTI Foundation and the Brienne Davis Scholarship Program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, female students must be enrolled at an UTI campus with a future start date in 2011, complete a scholarship application that includes a letter of recommendation, and write a 250 word essay on financial need, passion for NASCAR and motorsports education, and how the scholarship will help her pursue a career in racing.

The deadline for completing the application is December 31, 2010. For more information, visit the UTI Foundation’s website here.

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