Mechanical engineering student receives SEMA scholarship

Published: Oct 8, 2009 3:37:00 PM
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Auburn University's Austin Smith, senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Smith is involved with several Auburn Engineering organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers, Cupola Engineering Ambassadors and Auburn's Formula SAE Racing Team. He is the first Auburn student to receive this scholarship.

"I'm very grateful to be one of the few students selected for this opportunity," says Smith. "This scholarship is a huge help financially. Books each semester are a large expense and the SEMA scholarship really helps to take care of that."

SEMA is a trade association comprised of a wide range of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs and race teams. The organization works to protect consumer rights to drive accessorized, customized and vintage vehicles, while also serving as a mediator between consumers and car dealerships. Since its beginning in 1984, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has assisted more than 400 students with more than $1 million in awards.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes