Scholarships Merit-based
Society of Women Engineers

Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship

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Multiple disciplines
4000 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


Judith Resnik was born in 1949 in Akron, OH and graduated from Firestone High School with a perfect SAT score. She excelled in mathematics and classical piano Judith then attended Carnegie Mellon University receiving a BS, with honors, in Electrical Engineering in 1970.  She was Tau Beta Pi in 1969. She pursued graduate studies at University of Pennsylvania and then received a PhD in Biomedical Electrical and Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Judy worked for RCA in missile and space related work 1970-74. She became a Biomedical Engineer and Staff Fellow at National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD in 1974 and then a Senior Engineer for Xerox.  She became an Astronaut candidate at the Johnson Space Center in 1978. Judy was the 2nd female astronaut. She first flew on the Discovery shuttle in 1984 as a Mission Specialist. During the flight, she was acclaimed for her weightless acrobatics and a playful sense of humor, once holding a sign reading “Hi Dad” up to the camera, and displaying a sticker on her flight locker that advertised her crush on actor Tom Selleck.

Judy was an active SWE Senior Member for many years.  At its 1986 National Convention SWE announced the establishment of the Resnik Challenger Medal to be given to a “woman for visionary engineering contributions to space exploration”. The award was conceived as a fitting permanent memorial for Dr. Resnik.

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth $4,000.


  • Any current SWE member, who is a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in either aerospace or astronautical engineering.
  • Applicants are eligible only during their sophomore, junior, or senior years of college.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

Not specified
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