Justin Beers, a third-year automotive engineering technology student at Ferris State University, was among nearly 100 students nationwide to receive support from the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. The beers arrived at Big Rapids as a transfer from the State University of New York-Delhi earlier this year.
“I had researched as many scholarships as possible, with the SEMA Memorial Scholarship being the one that matched my goals of pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket industry,” Beers said. “As a fellow, I was invited to attend the SEMA 2021 show in Las Vegas next month, but I have classes during the show and I wouldn’t want to miss them.”
Beers received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Automotive Mechanics and Automotive Technology from SUNY-Delhi, about 15 miles from his hometown of Walton, New York. Beers adapts to a new state and Ferris’ educational experience during his first semester in Big Rapids, some 768 miles from home.
“A professor in Delhi told me about a former student who came to Ferris for the automotive engineering technology program, who is now employed by Bavarian Motor Works,” Beers said. “I can’t wait to really get into my study program and enjoy my home, off campus. I have had a great experience so far, continuing my studies at Ferris.
Beers also asked to learn more about the industry while earning his Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering Technology.
“I hope to find at least one internship to complete this summer, and maybe another before I graduate,” he said. “I think it is important to build on my experiences, to support my learning in the classroom and in the laboratory.”
Recipients have received scholarships ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000, and 10 students will be invited to SEMA 2021, receiving airline tickets and the opportunity to network with industry professionals and leverage their experiences. Finally, 22 members of SEMA member companies received loan forgiveness to help them meet their student debt. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $ 3 million in scholarships to students to nurture leaders and innovators in the automotive aftermarket industry since 1984.