The annual SEMA-NACAT Award started in August 2016 to foster the professional development of promising new aftermarket students. In order to open up the award to more institutions, the SEMA-NACAT Award will be granted to the program that demonstrates the most innovative and effective use of aftermarket technology.

Sponsored by the Specialty Equipment Market Association and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers, this annual award provides complimentary travel (hotel/air) to allow three instructors (the finalists) to attend the SEMA Show, and funding for one of those instructors (the award winner) to attend the following year’s NACAT Conference and Expo (complimentary registration and $500 for travel). 


For this award, the use of aftermarket products in the classroom, the development of aftermarket curriculum, instructional standards and tracking of student progress, the student involvement in the community, and the passions that the students bring to the program are judged. These criteria should be captured in a short video (2-5 minutes) and submitted with this application. 

Nomination deadline is August 15, 2019. Announcement of the award finalists will be made by September 1, 2019. Finalists will be invited to attend the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV; the award will be presented at the SEMA Show Education Partners’ Breakfast on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The award winner will be invited to attend the 2020 NACAT Conference and Expo held in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Monday, July 20, 2020 through Thursday, July 23, 2020.


The award is open to ANY automotive/diesel/collision instructor who works at a public or private school or training center in the US or Canada.  Awards do not take into account any references to age, sex, religion, race, national origin, disability, or ethnic background.

* Please note: Judging will be based on the information provided here, along with reference verification if an applicant successfully enters the final stages of judging. The more detail and information you provide, the more effective the selection process will be. Please attach additional pages, as necessary. Each individual is eligible to win only one scholarship/award affiliated with SEMA or NACAT each year.

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $43 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit,, or

The North American Council of Automotive Teachers was founded in 1975 as an informal gathering of automotive instructors. Today, with member instructors spanning multiple countries, the council’s conference and expo is the premiere instructor update training experience in North America. Visit or for more information.