Student Wins Scholarship from SEMA

A sophomore Computer Science major was awarded the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Memorial Scholarship this week for her academic achievement.

Aversa Prentosito Headshot

Prentosito's headshot                                                      

Aversa Prentosito was one of the 102 students to receive a scholarship out of the $270,000 fund. Prentosito was able to receive $3,000 for her success both in and out of the classroom.

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1984, and since has helped 1,400 students achieve academic success through scholarships. The program is focused in generating the next generation of automotive industry leaders and innovators, helping them get a start in their education.

How are people chosen for this scholarship?                      

Students must apply for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, and an independent selection committee evaluates the applicants based on their academic, extracurricular, and community involvement.

Prentosito believes that her many “STEM awards and activities and personal essays” helped her receive a competitive edge on other applicants. She also sees a “future for computer science in the automobile industry” and would like to impact this industry in her future career.

Not only is she very grateful for this scholarship, Prentosito has already seen the impact that this scholarship could have on her future career. It will help her continue her education and strive towards her degree in computer science. In addition, as an award winner she is invited to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas later this month. This show will allow her to experience more ways computer science is crucial to the automobile industry. Without this scholarship, Prentosito would not have been able to experience the impact that her degree can have in the automobile industry.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship apply at SEMA’s website by March 1st.

By Maggie Cavanaugh, CEC Reporter