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SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. In 2016, SWE disbursed approximately 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $750,000.

Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

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View SWE’s how-to video, Am I Eligible for a SWE Scholarship? and learn if you are eligible for a SWE scholarship. New for 2016-2017 academic year: The ABET-accredited program requirement is now the same for both PhD and Master’s students. Graduate students must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs.

View SWE’s how-to video, How to Apply for a SWE Scholarship – Part 1 and learn the steps necessary to be considered for a SWE scholarship.

View SWE’s how-to video, How to Apply for a SWE Scholarship – Part 2 and learn the steps necessary to be considered for a SWE scholarship.

Scholarship Name Class Major(s) # Available Amount
U.S. citizenship required. 9 @ $5,000. Renewable for 5 years. Availability dependent upon renewals.
Preference is given to students in computer related engineering majors. 3 @ $1,500
1st choice college AND home address must be in one of these States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin. Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.
Awarded once per renewal cycle. 1 @ $7,000 Renewable 5 yr. max.
U.S. citizenship required, under-represented groups preferred. California colleges/universities. 1 @ $1,000.
2 @ $1,500

Barbara W. & Thomas W. Benko Scholarship

Barb and Tom were born and raised in Chicago, IL and attended the College of Engineering at University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). Barb and Tom hold a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Engineering. Barb majored in Computer Engineering and Tom majored in Electrical & Computer Engineering. They have been married for over 35 years and live in St. Charles, IL.

Career: Barb started her career in 1979 at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she worked as a software engineer on AT&T's first digital telecommunications switching system. In 1983, Barb worked at GCA, where she developed software for a network control system used to automate manufacturing through robotics and machine tools. In 1985, Barb profitably ran her own software consulting business, SofTech Design, Inc. for 3 years, after which she was recruited into Ameritech, for her expertise and leadership in Advanced Intelligent Networks (AIN) technology. It was at Ameritech, that Barb transitioned into management. Barb also held executive level positions at Encyclopeadia Britannica (EB) and Motorola. As Vice President of Online Product Development and Operations at EB, Barb built a new engineering organization chartered with transforming EB's paper publishing business into an online internet resource of expert knowledge. At Motorola, Barb managed engineering organizations as large as 500 engineers, worldwide wireless network system product lines with P&L's as large as $500M and the licensing of multi-million dollar intellectual property portfolios. Barb is currently self-employed in a joint consulting business with Tom.

Tom has been self-employed in his own consulting business since 2004. Prior to that he was an officer at Motorola responsible for engineering in their mobile phone division. Prior to joining Motorola, he was an officer at Bell Laboratories leading the Wireless Networks Division, a multi-national organization providing wireless networks worldwide. In this role, Tom launched every new wireless technology network developed at Bell Labs. Over his 24 year tenure at Bell Labs, Tom held numerous executive and senior leadership positions in both the International and US product lines.  Tom joined Bell Labs after completing his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Tom has been published in International Symposium on Large Engineering Systems, the Bell System Technical Journal and the Bell Labs Record.

SWE: Barb was a recipient of a SWE scholarship when she graduated from high school in 1975.  Barb and Tom are honored to be able to go "full circle" by giving other women an opportunity to pursue an engineering degree with the aid of their SWE scholarship. As life time members of SWE, they anticipate getting more involved with SWE events and programs, as other business, financial management and philanthropic demands lessen.

Other affiliations: Barb served for 5 years as a member of PEO, a women's philanthropic organization focused on raising money to give underprivileged women an opportunity to pursue a college education. Barb also served for 4 years as co-founder and board member of The Colette A. Miles Foundation, a 501(c3) charity focused on aiding cancer patients and their families in their fight and healing journey.

Scholarship: Barb and Tom created this scholarship in 2016 to be awarded to U.S. born women engineering students pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering or Energy Engineering at their alma mater, University of Illinois at Chicago.

SWE membership required. 2 @ $1,400.
US citizenship and SWE membership required. Selection also based on financial need. First choice is for the applicant to attend a college/university within the Region F boundaries. 2nd choice would be for the applicant’s home address to be within the Region F boundaries. Region F Connecticut, Maine, Mass, New Hampshire, New York (upstate), Rhode Island, Vermont. 1 @ $1,500.
1 @ $2,500.
1@ $1,500
First choice is for the applicant to attend a college/university within the Region F boundaries. Second choice would be for the applicant’s home address to be within the Region F boundaries. U.S. citizenship and SWE membership required. Financial need preferred. 1 @ $1,250.
Only students attending these universities are eligible for this scholarship: Texas A & M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University. College & Home Address must be in either Oklahoma or Texas. Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.0.
Only students attending these colleges are eligible for this scholarship: Colorado School of Mines; University of Michigan; California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; The Pennsylvania State University; University of California - Berkeley . Minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.
Under-represented, financial need, and veteran candidates preferred. Schools in Pennsylvania and Texas. 2 @ $2,500
Under-represented groups preferred and willing to intern. 3.0 minimum GPA out of 4.
US citizenship required. 6 @ $3,000.
Bucknell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University. Number available varies annually at $3,000/each. Renewable for 3 years with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
US citizenship required. Selection also based on financial need. 1 @ $1,500.
Selection also based on financial need. 1 @ $1,500. A junior recipient may renew the scholarship for a senior year if she continues to meet the criteria. Availability dependent upon renewals.
Limited to schools in the following states: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY,OH, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI and WV. 2 @ $1,000.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a SWE member.
1 @ $1,500.
U.S. citizenship required. Nuclear engineering preferred. 1 @ $1,000.
US citizenship, Under-represented groups, disabled and veteran candidates preferred. Preferred list of schools: Bradley University, UIC, IIT, UIUC, UMBC, University of Maryland - College Park, Morgan State University, Penn State University, Purdue University. 5 @ $1,000
Must have leadership potential. Minimum 3.5 GPA out of 4.
Must have leadership potential. 3.5 minimum GPA out of 4.
Travel stipend for Annual Conference. 1 @ $5,000.
List of eligible schools include: University of Southern California; University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; The Pennsylvania State University; University of Michigan; The Ohio State University; University of Florida; Michigan State University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic University; Northeastern University; Texas A & M University; North Carolina State University; University of Connecticut; Worcester Polytechnic University; Boston University; Case Western University; Indiana University; University of North Carolina; North Carolina A&T State; Boston College; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Bucknell University; University of Virginia; University of Minnesota; University, of Louisville; Marquette University; Purdue University; Cornell University; Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin - Madison; University of Notre Dame; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Clarkson University; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Cincinnati; Clemson University; University of Maryland, Balitmore County; University of Maryland, College Park; Syracuse University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Dayton; Northwestern University; Carnegie Mellon University; Duke University;University of Puerto Rico; Rice University; Rochester Institute of Technology Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.
U.S. Citizenship and SWE membership required. Financial need and underrepresented groups preferred. Geographic selection based on college location or home address: AZ, CA, FL, IN, KS, MN, NM, PR, TX, WA. 3.5 GPA required. 3 @ $5,000.
Minimum 3.5 out of 4 GPA.
US citizenship required. 1 @ $1,750.
Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 required. Preferred geographic region by State: GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN
SWE membership required. 1 @ $3,500.
The scholarship is renewable for 1 year for a junior continuing into senior undergraduate studies. 1 @ $14,500 Availability dependent upon renewal..
Includes travel stipend for the SWE Annual Conference. 3.2 minimum GPA.
Native American Indian and U.S. citizenship required. Approved schools: University of New Mexico or New Mexico State University. Permanent address must be in New Mexico. SWE membership preferred. 2 @ $2,500 both renewable until graduation within scholarship guidelines. Availability dependent upon renewals.
Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA
Minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA.
Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.
Preferred list of schools: Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Penn State, Georgia Tech, & Purdue. 1 @ $1,000. Renewable for 2 years. Availability dependent upon renewals.
US citizenship & SWE membership required. 1 @ $2,750.
Selection also based on financial need. 4 @ $1,500.
Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.
List of eligible schools: California Institute of Technology, University of California - Berkeley, California Polytechnic State University-SLO, University of California - Santa Barbara, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, University of California - Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California -San Diego, Florida A&M University, University of Colorado - Boulder, Georgia Institute of Technology University of Florida, Howard University, University of Illinois, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, North Carolina A&T State University, University of Maryland College Park, North Carolina State University, University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, University of Virginia, Stanford University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA.
Must have been out of the engineering work force and out of school for a minimum of two years prior to reentry. Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA except for first year re-entry.1 @ $1,500.
US citizenship required. 2 @ $2,000.
Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0
U.S. citizenship and SWE membership required. Under-represented groups, reentry candidates, and financial need preferred. 1 @ $1,250 Renewal within scholarships guidelines. Availability dependent upon renewal.
SWE membership required. Schools in Region E or H. Community involvement with planning and participating in events or other organizations preferred. High level of dedication and passion for their own community, organizations, and engineering in general preferred. 1 @ $1,000
Preferred list of schools include: Case Western Reserve; Florida A&M; Georgia Institute of Technology; Marquette University; Milwaukee School of Engineering; North Carolina A&T: The Ohio State University; The Pennsylvania State University; Purdue University; Texas A&M; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Michigan; University of Wisconsin - Madison; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; 2 @ $2,500.
List of eligible schools: University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, Iowa State University, University of Virginia, Clemson University, Middle Tennessee State University. Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, except for first year.
1 @ $1,500
U.S. citizenship and SWE membership required. 3.5 minimum GPA.
Schools in DC, MD, VA; US citizenship & SWE membership reqd. 1 @ $2,000.
U.S. citizenship required. Home must reside within the boundaries of the Baltimore-Washington Section Zip Codes DC: 200, 202-205; MD: 206-212, 214, 216-217 or VA: 201, 220-223. 1 @ $1,250
Preferred list of schools include: Boston University, U of Mass Lowell, MIT, Northeastern, University of Mass Dartmouth, Tufts, Wentworth Institute, Worcester Polytechnic, Suffolk, Merrimack College. Massachusetts home address. Financial need preferred. 3.5 GPA requirement. 1 @ $1,250.
Within the boundaries of Central Illinois Section or combined boundaries of the resulting sections if the Central Illinois Section is ever divided. College or home address zip codes 609, 614-619, 623, 625-627. SWE membership reqd; under-represented groups preferred. 1 @ $1,500.
Schools in Indiana. Financial need preferred. 1 @ $2,000.
Must attend a university located in NM: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico. US citizenship & SWE membership required. 1 @ $1,500. Renewable for 3 years. Availability dependent upon renewal.
US citizenship & SWE membership required. Must attend a university located in NM: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico. Reentry for sophomore, junior, senior, graduate. If there is no qualified candidate, the Scholarship Committee can award a second CNM-Pioneers Scholarship. 1 @ $1,500 Renewable for 6 years. Availability dependent upon renewal.
Preferred state: (home and school) NY. Zip codes that start with: 124, 125, 126. 1 @ $1,250.
Home State of NJ. 1 @ $2,000.
Schools in Arizona. SWE membership required. 1 @ $3,000.
SWE membership required. Must be attending school within the Region E boundaries: Delaware, District of Columbia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. 1@ $1,500.
SWE membership required. All colleges and universities with an active SWE section within Region G. Includes all Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and the western half of Pennsylvania. 1 @ $1,250.
SWE membership required. Must attend a school within Region H boundaries: colleges in ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN. Level of involvement in SWE should be high/amount of time spent volunteering, level of commitment, years of service. 1 @ $1,250. 1 @ $1,500.
SWE membership required. Must be attending school in the Region J boundaries: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. 1 @ $1,000. Renewable for 5 years. Availability dependent upon renewals.
SWE membership required. Financial need preferred. College/university located within currently defined Sonora Region B Zip Codes 840XX-884XX, 889XX-891XX, 900XX-935XX.
US citizenship and SWE membership required. 2 @ $2,500
SWE membership required. Preference given to applicants from Arizona or attending an Arizona school.
Non-traditional. Home or school in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of two years full-time equivalent credits at an ABET accredited school. These credits do not have to be in an engineering curriculum. 1 @ $1,500.

* Note that the numbers, award amounts and conditions are approximate, since they vary with actual fund earnings and the level of corporate support received during the year. Scholarship renewals, where applicable, are contingent upon continued academic achievement and verification of eligibility.

* Aero=Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Astro=Astronautical Engineering ArcE=Architectural Engineering AutoE=Automotive Engineering BioE=Bioengineering Biomed=Biomedical Engineering CE=Civil Engineering ChE=Chemical Engineering CprE=Computer Engineering CS=Computer Science EE=Electrical Engineering EnvE=Environmental Engineering IE=Industrial Engineering ME=Mechanical Engineering MfgE=Manufacturing Engineering MSE= Materials Science & Engineering PetE=Petroleum Engineering SftE=Software Engineering

* The number of awards indicated is the total for all classes and graduate levels indicated.

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