Scholarships Merit-based
Society of Women Engineers

Meredith Thoms Memorial Scholarship

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Multiple disciplines
4500 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


Meredith was born in Nebraska in 1908. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1925. She was the first woman to graduate with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1929 and a Master of Civil Engineering in 1931. She was a member of Delta Zeta and was elected to two honorary fraternities:  Pi Mu Epsilon and Sigma Xi.

Following college she became a Graduate Assistant at the university and then worked at the Central Nebraska Public Power District. In an interesting sign of the times she was a Secretary for the University but also did some hydraulic studies.  In 1937 she moved to Seattle and went to work for Boeing Aircraft. In 1941 she went to the Corps of Engineers in Mobile, AL, then back to Seattle, Washington and finally Portland, Oregon and was involved in a great variety of civil engineering projects involving hydrologic investigations and research as a Hydraulic Engineer.

Meredith was active in the Pacific Northwest Section of SWE serving as Section President and later Section Representative. She became a Senior Member in 1964. She went on to serve on the national SWE Executive Committee. She was a frequent attendee at SWE National Conventions.

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth $4,500.


  • Only candidates who identify as a woman.
  • You must be planning to attend full time.
  • You must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books or equivalent.
  • You must be an undegraduate student.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

Not specified
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