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The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying community college, baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2019, SWE awarded nearly 260new and renewed scholarships valued at over $810,000.

Sophomores and above: Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open December 1, 2019.

SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen.  Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships that they are eligible for.  Applications will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Sophomores through Graduate Students Application:  December 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020

  Reference letters due by February 22, 2020

  • Freshmen Application:  March 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020

Reference letters due by May 8, 2020

Note all deadlines are 5:00 p.m. central time (GMT-5). There will be no exceptions to the deadlines.

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Scholarship are typically awarded in May (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and July (freshmen students) for use during the upcoming academic year. Scholarship payments are made in September. Recipients are announced in September also.

A few main eligibility points:

  • Only candidates who identify as female.
  • Undergraduate/community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year.  
  • Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology.
  • You must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants).
  • You must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books and equivalent.
  • Transcripts must be in English. See below for more deatils.

Accredited programs are based on ABET accreditation for colleges and universities in the U.S and internationally.  The list of SWE-approved programs is the same list as the ABET-accredited programs in engineering (EAC), computing (CAC), and technology (TAC). Visit abet.org for more information.

SWE's Scholarship Program is open to both SWE members and non-members; however, some of the scholarships do require SWE membership. Read about the benefits of SWE membership.

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Reentry/Non-Traditional Scholarships

The reentry scholarships were established to assist women in obtaining the credentials necessary to reenter the workforce as engineers. These scholarships apply to:

  • Students who have been out of school for a minimum of two years prior to the beginning of the current course of study
  • Students who have been out of the engineering or technology workforce for a minimum of two years prior to the beginning of the current course of study
  • Full or part time students
  • Students entering any year of engineering school, including graduate school

The non-traditional scholarships were established to assist women to return to school to obtain an engineering degree. These scholarships apply to:

  • Students who have been out of school for a minimum of two years prior to the beginning of the current course of study
  • Full or part time students
  • Students entering any year of engineering school, including graduate school

There is no minimum GPA requirement for students entering their first year as a reentry or non-traditional student.

Please apply for a freshman or upperclass scholarship based on your class level in the fall semester. Within the scholarship application is an option to choose reentry.

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Transcripts

The Society of Women Engineers requires that all transcripts be submitted in English.  Please be advised that the translation process of international scholarships can take several weeks.  Below is some additional information for students, but please be advised that SWE will not verify that translations are valid.
 
Please be aware that there is a difference between evaluation and translation services:

  • Translation services provide a direct translation of the content to English. They make no interpretation of your education. This direct, certified translation is the requirement for applicants to the SWE Scholarship program.
  • Evaluation services, such as World Education Services (WES) and the Center for Educational Documentation (CED), analyze your academic records and are designed to provide an evaluation or compare your education to the U.S. system.  You are welcome to provide an evaluation in addition to your official translation provided by a separate organization. However, a WES evaluation is not accepted as an official transcript.

If your university does not provide your transcript in English, you should contact your embassy/consulate to determine if they provide translation of academic transcripts and records:
 
U.S. Department of State - List of Embassies: http://www.usembassy.gov/
 
If this is not an option, you will need to use a professional translation service.

Submitting an Application

Please read through the instructions below.

Confirm your eligibility.

Click on Register Now to create your login and password.

  • You will use this login and password to enter the online application system.
  • SWE Members: Use the Register Now option if you have not accessed the scholarship system previously.

Fill out your Profile information.

  • Once you submit your profile, you will be automatically logged out so SWE can verify your email address.

Check Your Email.

  • You will receive an email from SWE. This email will contain a link for you to access to verify your registration. Click the link provided in your email to verify your account.

TipIdentify the SWE Application System as a safe sender. Add scholarships@swe.org to your address book to ensure that emails from SWE are delivered to your inbox.

Login and complete the following steps. Please note that you steps 2 and 3 can be concurrent.  Do not wait until you complete step 2 to pursue step 3. We recommend submitting your reference contact information as soon as possible.

APPLICATION

STEP 1: SELECT YOUR CLASS LEVEL

  • Select your class level from the drop down list.

STEP 2: FILL OUT & CONFIRM YOUR APPLICATION

When you login after verifying your account, select your application from the list of Available Applications (there should only be at most one at any time).

  • Fill out the questions on the application page and click 'Continue'. Additionally, you may 'Save for Later' and come back at any point before the deadline to submit the application.
  • Confirm the responses you submitted, the terms and conditions, add your signature and 'Confirm and Submit'.

STEP 3: COMPLETE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • By the same deadline as step 2, applicants must also submit contact information for:  A faculty reference and a personal reference. To view the instructions on how to complete these requirements, please click on the appropriate "Show Instructions" link.
  • Both references must also complete their recommendations for your application to be considered.  Their deadline is ~1 week after the applicant deadline.
  • Once SWE has received and processed your documents, the status will say 'Received' or 'Completed' next to each item.

Best wishes with the application process!

Register Now to start the process.

Have a question?  Please log in and contact us through the Message Center and allow time for a response.  The MC is the best method for asking scholarship questions.  If you do not receive a response within a few days from the MC, then please email scholarships@swe.org.  If these two methods are unsuccessful, please call 312.596.5223 or 877.SWEINFO (877.793.4636).  We do monitor the MC regularly - especially when deadlines are approaching.

 

All SWE Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a school with ABET-accredited programs. Undergraduate and community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year.  Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology.

 




     
     
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