Grant: SWE 2023 Programs

Date: November 2023
Amount: $365,000

Since 1950, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has strived to increase the number of women choosing to enter the engineering and technology fields. This grant will fund 30 SWE Global Scholarships, as well as contribute to programs that will help women in engineering fields excel professionally and showcase their achievements.

These scholarships and programs include:

  • SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA): a virtual year-round program that aims to build resilience and self-confidence among high school students that are interested in pursuing technology and engineering degrees.
  • Minority-Serving Institutes (MSI) Research Survey: a survey conducted by SWE to evaluate the impact of their Collegiate Leadership Institute’s (CLIs) effectiveness on encouraging women to pursue a graduate education in a STEM field as well as the program’s impact on women of color, particularly women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
  • Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI): a program designed to provide collegiate SWE members with the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities that will allow them to become leaders in their engineering and/or technology careers and serve as a future pipeline for leaders in SWE.
  • Community College Affiliate Support & Expansion (CCASE) Program: established in February 2023, a program designed to inspire more women in community colleges to pursue a STEM degree, namely those who face exceptional financial challenges and are from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Global Programs: a program that supports SWE Global Affiliates, local networks of women engineers and allies outside of the US that aim to meet the needs of women engineers in their local communities; they accomplish this by organizing and hosting professional development events, outreach activities, and/or connecting women with career opportunities.

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