Number of scholarships to award
- tuition fee reduction
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.
MASWE was formed in 1968 by the husbands, brothers, fathers and colleagues who believed that engineering is a viable career choice for women and the cause needed support. [This was before SWE accepted male members] Members paid “dues” as a donation to SWE of $20 and had to be sponsored by a SWE member.
By 1972 there were 33 members. In 1971 MASWE established a scholarship with a stipend of $200 for a woman engineering student based on scholarship and financial need. It was established in memory of Herbert (Bud) White, husband of Winnie White SWE’s first Executive Secretary. Bud had been the first President of MASWE. On a side note when Bud was a student at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute there was one girl in the school allowed in on special privileges since the school was not coed. That “girl” went on to become SWE’s 4th President, Lois Graham.
Minutes from MASWE stated: “Purpose: to give maximum MASWE recognition to a student and thereby publicize the fact that men support women engineers. To have MASWE give a specific award which we believe will assist in our efforts to increase membership”
The scholarship is worth $6,750.