SCHOLARSHIPS

Supporting Women in STEM Careers

The Scholarship Program is currently closed
until later in 2021 for next year.

Check back this Fall for our next Scholarship program!

 

Thank you to all of our Scholarship Judges!

Sign up here to judge scholarships in March 2021:

https://form.jotform.com/200548820001138

 

AWARD INFORMATION

SWE SCV promotes SWE's mission by awarding scholarships to local women pursuing an accredited engineering or computer science degree (ABET or CSAB) in the United States. In 2020, SWE SCV awarded 11 scholarships totaling more than $17,500.

If you are interested in donating to our scholarship fund, please donate here! https://www.mightycause.com/story/Swescv40for40

If your company is interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact us at swe.scv.fdg@gmail.com

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 - 2021 school year! 

 

We welcome applications for full time students who are:

  1. Entering College Freshman in the Fall 2020

  2. Community College Student in the Fall 2020

  3. Undergraduate Student, Continuing in the Fall 2020

  4. Re-entry College Student in the Fall 2020

  5. Graduate Student in Masters Program (not PhD or DE programs) in the Fall 2020

Please review the table below carefully as applications will only be considered if all the materials are complete and submitted via Jotform by the deadline February 20th, 2021. 

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below before beginning the application. Personal and financial information will be held in strict confidence. If a question does not apply, indicate “N/A.”
 

All documents will be submitted via the application on Jotform. If you have any questions or concerns, please email swescv.scholarships@gmail.com

AWARD TIMELINE

Fall 2020: Scholarship Application Open

February 20, 2021: Scholarship DEADLINE

March 1-15, 2021: Application Judging

 

March 24-28, 2021: 

Award Notifications

End of April, Date TBD: Awards Lunch

August 2021: Scholarship Payout

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

High school seniors, college, and graduate students who identify as female and are pursuing a BS or MS in engineering or computer science full-time at accredited universities (ABET or CSAB) are eligible for SWE SCV scholarships. 

 

Applicants must either have a permanent address or be attending a school in the following counties:

South San Mateo County

South Alameda County

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

San Benito County

This is an image showing our section boundaries. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please email us at swescv.scholarships@gmail.com and include your zip code.​

JOT FORM APPLICATION ITEMS

  • Two Reference Forms*

  • Resume

  • Essay (see prompt below)

    • Your essay should be 500 - 1000 words.

    • Essays will be checked for plagiarism!​

  • Needs based Essay

    • as applicable, 250 word maximum

  • Standardized Test Scores (HS Students Only)


  • Project/Paper Samples

    (College Only)

  • Transcript(s)

​The Scholarship Program is currently closed.

* Reference Forms - You will provide a name and email address, we will send them a reference form to fill out. Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application! Reference forms must be submitted by the deadline!

Essay Prompt

Why do you want to be an Engineer? Describe your motivation to go into Engineering/Computer Science or a problem you want to solve with your Engineering/Computer Science degree.

OR


Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as an aspiring Engineering/Computer Scientist?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can anyone apply for this scholarship?

Applicants must either have a permanent address or be attending a school in the following counties:

South San Mateo County

South Alameda County

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

San Benito County

This is an image showing our section boundaries can be found above. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please email us at swescv.scholarships@gmail.com and include your zip code.​

Applicants must be attending school full time.

Do I need to be a member of SWE to be eligible for SWE-SCV scholarships?

No, you do not have to be a member of SWE to be eligible for SWE-SCV scholarships. We recommend our college applicants join SWE (https://swe.org/membership/) and high school applicants join SWENext (https://swe.org/k-12-outreach/youth-programs/)

What is the criteria for college enrollment?

Students should be enrolled at a university full time and pursuing an accredited engineering program (ABET or CSAB).

 

Once awarded a scholarship, each recipient will be required to submit a verification of enrollment document from the bursar's office (on the institution’s letterhead) to SWE-SCV containing the following information: 

  • Current engineering and/or computer science program of study 

  • Semester/quarter enrolled

  • Number of credits you are taking

  • Current classes you are taking 

 

Once proof is received and accepted, the scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university's bursar's office.

Are need-based scholarships available?

We offer both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

What information should I have prepared before going through the submission process?

As part of the application, we will ask you to provide:

  • A current transcript

  • Unofficial report of standardized test scores

  • Employment history

  • Activities

  • Honors and awards

  • One essay plus an optional needs based information

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Essay addressing provided prompt

Do I have to finish the application in one session?

The JotForm application needs to be completed in one session. Please be sure to have all your files ready.   

What is the SWE mailing address for any items that can't be sent digitally?

Please send all files digitally through the JotForm application whose link is found at Scholarship Application.

 

If you have some difficulty sending these files digitally, you can send a hard copy to SWE Santa Clara Valley's address below, though it's not preferred. All items should be post marked by  the deadline.  ALSO send an email to swescv.scholarships@gmail.com so we can look for it. 

 

SWE Santa Clara Valley Section – Scholarships

PO Box 61333

Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1333 

What are the essay questions?

Essay prompt  for the 2020-2021 school year is the following:

 

Describe an Engineering problem you would like to solve. Anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you would take to identify a solution.


Needs Based Information: If you feel you qualify for a needs based scholarship, please tell us how this scholarship will financially assist you in pursuing your academic career 250 words or less). (That will be a box in the JotForm).

My question isn't answered here?

Reach out to our Scholarship Chair at swescv.scholarships@gmail.com 

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