Scholarships Merit-based
Society of Women Engineers

Brill Family Scholarship

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Multiple disciplines
3000 USD
United States
Not specified
Application deadline


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.


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award




Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


The late Yvonne Brill is known for her genius in rocket and jet propulsion design, but to her daughter, Naomi Brill, she was just mom.  Naomi noted that her mother’s main accomplishments came after Yvonne, a former SWE national treasurer and multiple award recipient, had had her three children.  The lifestyle wasn’t easy for Naomi, especially since the family lived in a rural community just outside of Princeton, New Jersey, where no other mother worked outside of the home. Naomi remembers being called to the elementary school principal’s office every year to confirm that, indeed, her emergency contact — mother Yvonne — was an aerospace engineer, and not a homemaker.

Among other honors, Yvonne Brill received the SWE Achievement Award, the SWE Resnik Challenger Medal, the NASA Public Service Medal, the ASME Kate Gleason Award, the IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Wyld Propulsion Award. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2011.  She also holds a patent on the hydrazine-resistojet thruster enables weather and telecommunications satellites to stay in their proper orbit above the earth, enabling better weather forecasting and more expansive smartphone communications, even today.

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth $3,000.


  • Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and studying aerospace or biomedical engineering are eligible to apply.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

Not specified
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