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Society of Women Engineers

Dr. Ivy M. Parker Memorial Scholarship

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Multiple disciplines
1500 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

Need based

Number of scholarships to award




Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


Dr. Ivy Parker was born in Quay County, New Mexico in 1907, the first of a rancher’s 6 children. Her father sent them to a one room schoolhouse and then to Tucumcari for high school where Ivy graduated in 1925. She went on to West Texas State College, obtaining a BA (Chemistry) in 1928.  Ivy went on to the University of Texas obtaining an MA in Chemistry in 1931 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1935. Her graduate work was sponsored by the petroleum industry (very unusual in those days).

One of the first comments Ivy heard when applying for a petroleum job was “we have no facilities for women within the plant”. She started her career in 1936 at Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas as an analytic chemist at an initial salary of $125 per month.  Ivy eventually moved on to work as a Research Engineer for the Plantation Pipeline Company in Atlanta Georgia. She specialized in corrosion and filtration, becoming a recognized expert in the field. She was known as “Doc” all along the pipeline. She taught classes at the University of Houston, Night Division.  So, Ivy went from a barefoot girl in a one room school to an internationally known expert on pipeline corrosion.

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth $1,500.


  • Selection also based on financial need.
  • A junior recipient may renew the scholarship for a senior year if she continues to meet the criteria. Availability dependent upon renewals.
  • Must be junior or senior.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

Not specified
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