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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.
Margaret “Pritch” Pritchard was born on Pill Hill in Portland on Sept. 18, 1929. The four different homes she lived in during her life can all be found within a two-and-a-half-mile radius in the Oak Grove area. Margaret spent most of her adult life as the main breadwinner, taking care of her brother Robert, who had Down syndrome, with the help of her mother — one of the earliest female bankers in Oregon — who retired early after having her eldest brother, David.
After graduating from Milwaukie High School in 1947, Margaret went to work for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PGE) as an engineering clerk. After learning how much more money the men were making, she applied for scholarships to attend the University of Washington. Margaret’s career in engineering consulting focused on marrying technologies with facilities across industries. Her international career in energy, food, and wastewater engineering took her to Canada, Italy, Bermuda, England and all 50 states, enabling Margaret to join the first frequent flier program.
Margaret was a SWE Life member and named a SWE Fellow in 1987.
The scholarship is worth $1,250.