The top three applicants (pictured) are selected as finalists and receive complimentary airfare and hotel to attend the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will be recognized at the SEMA Education Partners Breakfast on Nov. 6.
As part of the pilot program, high school students will oversee and execute an entire project vehicle, including tracking time, expenses and associated resources, using a used vehicle purchased and donated by SEMA.
Six new schools join the 2019-2020 SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program.
Former School of the Year and auto technology instructor at Bullard-Havens Technical High School, Roxanne Amiot, received the 2019 SEMA-NACAT Education Award.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) received donations from BASF, including spray guns, paint, materials and equipment with an estimated value of $200,000 that will support multiple automotive refinish programs and students around the country.
It’s the pinnacle of many automotive professionals’ careers to have a build at the SEMA Show. With the help of SEMA Education, C.D. Hylton High School’s auto students will have a build at SEMA before graduation.
The program aims to engage students in the customization lifestyle and introduce them to a career path within the automotive aftermarket industry by connecting high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles.
The three finalists will participate in the SEMA Education Partners Breakfast at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $272,000 to 97 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.
Five Jeep Wranglers customized by students as part of this year’s SEMA High School Build Program grossed more than $130,000 at auction.