SWENext Tips: How to Apply for SWE Scholarships!

Calling all high school seniors! Scholarship application season is here!

Since FY20, SWE has provided over $1,000,000 in scholarship funds. Did you know that SWE offers scholarships to first year students in engineering programs? If your answer is “yes” to all the questions below, apply for a SWE scholarship.

With one application you are considered for all SWE Scholarships for which you are eligible.

Navigating the scholarship application process can be daunting, but we’re here to help. Check out these helpful resources for tips and suggestions.

  • Do you identify as a female/woman?
  • Are you an incoming college freshman with at least a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA?
  • Do you plan to be a full-time engineering student within the next year?

Are you enrolling in an ABET accredited engineering program? (Psst…You can check if a program is accredited here)

Applications for Incoming Freshman Scholarships open March 1 and are due May 1.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Keep an eye out for more scholarship tips and tricks exclusively for SWENexters!

Take Advantage of SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) and SWENext TV!SWENext TV_Scholarship Tips and Tricks

The SWE Outreach Committee gave a presentation through SWENext TV for SWENexters last summer about applying to scholarships and financial aid. This presentation does a deep dive into these subjects with SWE members who have been through it themselves.

There are so many scholarships out there, so remember to do your research! The Department of Labor has a free scholarship search tool and your high school guidance counselor may be aware of scholarship opportunities in your local area. It’s also good to research scholarships that may be available through local religious and civic organizations, your parents’ employers, or other professional associations. While some of the applications might not be open yet, it’s good to start doing your research and compiling your application materials. Best of luck! Learn More About SWENext TV and SHLA here.

Learn more about preparing for scholarships with this checklist

Are you worried about missing something important on the application? Have no fear! We have created this checklist to help you make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Visit here to learn more about SWE Scholarships.

Learn best practices for writing your scholarship application essay

It’s time to start thinking about your SWE scholarship application essay! We can’t wait to hear why you want to be an engineer. Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to keep in mind when writing your essay:

  • DON’T focus on what an engineer does in an abstract way.
    • DO tell us why you want to be an engineer and what you would do!
  • DON’T focus on things you’ve done that may not have any relation to engineering.
    • DO tell us about all the great things you’ve done, while highlighting activities and accomplishments related to STEM areas.
  • DON’T jump around from topic to topic without any structure.
    • DO organize your thoughts and make connections between topics.
  • DON’T make grammar mistakes.
    • DO take the time to allow someone else to proofread your essay before submitting it.

Click here for an example of a bad essay and check out additional tips and tricks to make your application shine! To learn more, please visit SWE’s scholarship website here.

Are you wondering what the judges will be looking for? How will they score your application? Check out these videos and learn more from past judges:


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