The 2012 SEMA Scholarship Engine Program has a unique twist to it. Instead of bidders vying for a pre-packaged engine—as was the case in last year’s program—the buyer will have an opportunity to have a say-so in how the engine is built.
A Dart SHP block and SHP aluminum cylinder heads are a given, as is a Holley Stealth Ram EFI system. The buyer, however, gets to choose among many variables for the small block Chevy’s ultimate combination, including the displacement (which can vary from 321 to 401 cubic inches), the compression ratio (9:1 all the way to 12.5:1), and the camshaft type (roller or flat tappet) and profile specifications.
To arrive at these decisions, the winning bidder will meet with Ed Pink Racing Engines personnel at the PRI Show in Orlando and choose from the available options. The winning bid also includes a trip to PRI, with funding for airfare, lodging and transportation.
The SEMA/Ed Pink Scholarship Engine will be on display at the SEMA Show, where bidding kicks off on November 1, 2012, and closes on November 11, 2012. To learn more about the engine or to get involved in the bidding, go to www.SEMA.org/auctions.
As the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is a recognized 501(c) charity, the purchase price may be tax deductible (check with your tax preparer).
Twenty SEMA-member manufacturers are participating in the 2012 project. They include: ARP, ATI, Champion, Clevite, Comp Cams, Dart, Edelbrock, FAST, Fel-Pro, Hedman, Holley, Joe Gibbs Driven, Mahle, Manley, March, Milodon, Moroso, Powermaster, Scat and Total Seal.
Over the years, the SMSF has provided nearly two million dollars in scholarship assistance to young people pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Scholarships are awarded for trade school, 2-year college and university programs. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program for employees of SEMA member companies to help repay student loans.
Information on the 2013 program and applications are available at www.SEMA.org/scholarships.