Those of us in the restoration business have wondered about this question for a while, and our trade group, the folks over at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), answered by setting up the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. As their web site says, the fund's purpose is "fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators."
Many kids have a love of cars, and would be thrilled to be able to "marry" their appreciation for cars with their choice of livelihood. These scholarships are available for several career paths within the automotive industry—not just as a technician or professional restorer, but also in accounting, engineering, I.T., manufacturing, and many other related subjects. Wouldn't be surprised if a few ended up working at Eastwood!
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship was created to help fund a full-time program of automotive-related study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program in the U.S. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000, with $4,000 going to the top student selected. For all the details and contact information, click here.
The online application will be available December 3, 2012.
If someone you know has a desire to pursue studies leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field, please send them to the link above. (Sorry, high school seniors are ineligible.)