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For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Alice May Anderson grew up in Oakland, CA. She graduated from high school in 1933, during the middle of the Great Depression. As jobs were scarce, she found work as a clerk and waitress after high school, then eventually became a bookkeeper for a dress shop. Alice raised a family as a single mom, never complaining and determined to get ahead. She worked hard to get her education little by little and worked tirelessly over the years to raise funds for scholarships for other young women.
Alice joined SWE at the age of 68 when the SWE San Diego Section was just forming. Alice enjoyed organizing events and chaired several banquets before becoming the 1991 SWE Society Convention Chair. It was one of the last all-volunteer run conventions and was a three-year effort she shared with her co-chair Sharon Cascadden from Orange County. Alice became a SWE Fellow in 1993.
She volunteered for the American Business Women’s Association. A member since 1969, she served as President and in many other leadership capacities in the Torrey Pines Chapter and was named “Woman of the Year” in 1978 and 1990. She also supported the San Diego Regional Conference for Women, Soroptimist International of San Diego, Starlight Theatre, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where she was recognized for volunteering over 10,000 hours.
The scholarship is worth $1,250.