Podcast: Learn about SWE Scholarships

Jessica Rannow, FY17 SWE President, talks with Mary Beth Biddle about SWE scholarships. Biddle is SWE’s Scholarship Coordinator.
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(Jessica Rannow)

Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.

Joining me now is Mary Beth Biddle. Mary Beth is a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. She is also SWE’s Scholarship Coordinator. She joins us from Philadelphia.

Hi Mary Beth, thanks for joining us.

  • SWE awarded a record amount in scholarships last year. More than $750,000 was awarded to 231 applicants.
  • Who can apply for a SWE scholarship? 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.
  • Do you have to be a SWE member?
  • How many applied last year and how are they selected?
  • There are many scholarships listed on swe.org, but students apply once and they are matched to a scholarship. Is that right?
  • How much do they receive?
  • Scholarships range from $1,000 to $14,500 each and some are for multiple years.
  • How do scholarship endowments work?
  • What are some key dates to remember? We have 2 applications depending on your class level for the upcoming fall semester: For sophomores through graduate students, December 1 through February; and for freshmen, March 1 through May 1.
  • Scholarship donations for SWE’s program have been steadily climbing over the past five years, do you expect that to continue?

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.

For more information about SWE scholarships, and to apply, visit swe.org/scholarships.

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