Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Chattahoochee Technical College student Judy Newman, of Marietta, who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at the college’s Marietta Campus.
Chattahoochee Tech Automotive Technology Instructor Larry Cardell encouraged her class to apply for a 2019 SEMA scholarship, according to Newman. “He’s a great instructor,” she said. “I’ll be using this scholarship for my tuition.”
“I plan to graduate in December, so this fall will be my final semester,” said Newman. “After graduation, I would like to work for a dealership or maybe an independent shop, to start working in the industry. I’m also very interested in electric cars, and specifically the conversion to electric,” she said. “I definitely want to continue to learning as much as I can about that.”
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators, according to the trade association. As a 2019 SEMA scholarship recipient, Newman will be invited to attend the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas and be recognized during an awards luncheon.
Included among the SEMA scholarship application requirements, applicants had to be in pursuit of a degree or certification that leads to a career in the automotive industry. Scholarship applicants also had to meet GPA requirements, secure recommendations from a teacher, employer or mentor, and demonstrate a passion for the automotive industry through a written statement as well as answers provided for select questions.