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There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

I love that my daughter’s favorite toys are LEGOS. She loves to build and create. Future engineer, anyone? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, traditionally dominated by men, are growing in popularity among young women. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) awards money to females interested in preparing for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. There are two levels of scholarships, one for incoming freshmen and a second one for continuing college students.

Scholarship: SWE Scholarships (multiple available)

Awarding Organization: Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Amount: Ranges from $1,000 to $20,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies

Eligible Students: Female students majoring in engineering or computer science. Most awards are for SWE members; however non-SWE members are eligible to apply for a number of the opportunities listed.

Eligible College(s): Must be an ABET-accredited program. Graduate students have additional criteria to consider which is available on the website.

How to Apply: Students complete a centralized, online application for consideration of all SWE scholarships. The SWE website also offers scholarship listings for local SWE sections. Student should contact sections in their particular state for more detailed information.

Deadline: May (freshmen); February (continuing college students)

Website: swe.org/scholarships/

Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.