More than $750,000 in SWE Scholarships Awarded to 231 Recipients
The Society of Women Engineers awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships this year, an increase of almost $100,000 from the 2015 scholarship program. In all, 231 applicants received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $14,500 each, out of a pool of 3,900 viable candidates. Scholarship donations for SWE’s program have been steadily climbing over the past five years, and this year is the highest amount the Society has ever awarded.
“Our scholarship program is one of the reasons we are able to remain a solid resource to our future women engineers,” said Karen Horting, CEO and executive director of SWE. “We could not have such a successful program without our corporate partners, and our hope is to continue to grow the program and continue to provide financial relief to those studying for a career in engineering and technology.”
SWE’s scholarship program has been providing scholarship opportunities for women in engineering and technology for more than 65 years. It was deemed a notable source of scholarships for women by John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
SWE scholarships are available to women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Scholarship recipients use the funds for tuition and other related costs during their studies.
Amanda Herrera, an industrial engineering student at the University of Houston, says the 2016 Honeywell Scholarship she received from the SWE scholarship program will allow her to graduate 100 percent debt free.
“I cannot express the extend of my joy and gratitude to SWE and Honeywell for this opportunity,” Herrera said. “With my IE degree, I want to make an impact by working in a hospital and improving the methods and technologies that are used to save lives. I’m hoping that in five years’ time, you will be calling me Dr. Herrera!”