In 2018, $15,250 in Scholarships & Fellowships were awarded in March 2018 (application process began in late 2017).

The recipient recognition event was March 24, sponsored by Abbott Laboratories

The scholarship application process for college school year 18-19 opened on November 16, 2017. Applications were for 18-19 college school year.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit organization that supports professional and collegiate female engineers through professional development and career guidance programs. The organization has a goal to encourage more females in the field of engineering and technology through scholarships and outreach programs.

Each year the Santa Clara Valley section of SWE awards several scholarships, primarily on the basis of scholastic achievement, motivation and interest in engineering demonstrated in the application form. We also provide need-based scholarships. We would greatly appreciate if you can help us inform qualified candidates about this scholarship program.

2018 SWE-SCV Scholarships (School Year 2018-19)

Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 to $2500 for tuition expenses. Read more about our scholarship namesakes below.

Student Eligibility Requirements

Female high school seniors, college and graduate students pursuing a BS and/or MS in engineering or computer science are eligible for these scholarships, as well as community college students pursuing a path to those fields. Students should be enrolled full time and attend college that has ABET or CSAB accredited engineering programs. Other interdisciplinary engineering or computer science programs may qualify as well. If you program is one of these, please write to find out if your program is accepted.

Applicants must be a permanent resident of or attend school in the South San Francisco Bay Area, which are located in the following zip codes: 
94002-94003, 94010-94011, 94018-94028, 94030, 94035, 94037-94043, 94059-94065, 94070-94071, 94074, 94086-94091, 943**, 944**, 94536-94546, 94552, 94555, 94557, 94560, 94587, 950**, 951**

The Scholarship Application Process

Please read the Tips for Success (see files on that page) and Frequently Asked Questions before beginning the application. Personal and financial information will be held in strict confidence. If a question does not apply, indicate “N/A.” If you need more space to answer questions, please leverage the "comments" section.

Please note that your application is not complete until the scholarship committee has received the following, via the JotForm link upload (see notes on 2018 Scholarship Application:)  
  • Completed application (follow links to download application (see files at bottom of that page) and resume template
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation  (these can be uploaded via JotForm Application OR sent separately by email from the recommender directly to
  • Standardized test score(s)  (high school applicants)
  • Publication samples (college applicants)
  • Transcript(s)

All documents were submitted via the JotForm input process. Any missing files or questions, write to 

Mailing address is (only if needed) 
        SWE- Society of Women Engineers - Scholarships
        Santa Clara Valley Section
        PO Box 61333 Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1333

Selection & Payment of Scholarship

Proof of enrollment will be requested at the beginning of the school year. Once proof is received and accepted, the scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university's bursar's office. Each receipt will be required to submit a verification of enrollment document (on the institution’s letterhead) to SWE-SCV and must contain the following information:

  1. Current engineering and/or computer science program of study (this means you must declare a major in engineering and/or computer science by winter semester/quarter)
  2. Semester enrolled
  3. Number of credits you are taking
  4. Current classes you are taking (Please note that your course work must be engineering and/or computer science related)
  5. The document you provide must be a verification of enrollment document that is on your institution’s letterhead. This document can be obtained by your institution’s bursar's office.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Cecilia (Ceal) D. Craig, PhD, Scholarship Co-Chair
Erika Rodriguez, PhD, VP of Career Guidance

Congratulations to
2017 Scholarship & Fellowship Recipients

$20,750 in Scholarships & Fellowships were awarded in May 2017 (application process began in early 2017).  The recipient recognition event was May 6, sponsored by Cisco Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE).


Congratulations to 2016 Scholarship Recipients 

Recipients present at Banquet + Lesley Telford (SWE-SCV President)

SWE-SCV would like to congratulate our 2015 Scholarship Class