Each year, the Los Angeles Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-LA) administers scholarships funded by industry and individual donations to support SWE student members in their engineering studies and to help alleviate the financial burden.

A successful applicant must demonstrate high academic ability and show a keen interest in their professional development in the engineering field by participating in technical organizations, holding leadership positions, conducting research projects, or pursuing engineering or non-engineering related work opportunities. The applicant is a problem solver, a committed doer, and an effective communicator who is an example to other students as a leader. Special consideration will be given to those with unique circumstances and financial need, as well as those who are re-entering students. A re-entrant is defined as a student who has been out of the engineering job market for at least two years.

Scholarships are available to both women and men. The applicant must be currently be enrolled as a full-time student at one of the eight universities supported by SWE-LA (Cal Poly PomonaCaltechCal State LACal State NorthridgeHarvey MuddLoyola MarymountUCLA, or USC). Graduating Senior applicants will be required to provide evidence of graduate school admission for the fall. The applicant must be a SWE student member in good standing. 

Available Scholarships:
(1) SWE Endowment Scholarship – must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered
(2) Sharon Cascadden Endowment Scholarship – highest priority goes to students re-entering school, with preference to CSUN, then UCLA, then other schools (if no re-entering students apply, priority goes to CSUN, then UCLA, then other schools) – must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered
(3) SWE-LA Scholarship – must have a minimum 3.2 GPA to be considered and only open to students who identify as women
(4) SWE-LA Volunteer Scholarship – must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered and have demonstrated strong community service and/or outreach
(5) SWE-LA Graduate Student Scholarship – must be pursuing a Master’s or PhD and identify as a woman to be considered

Deadline: February 23rd, 2024 @ 11:59 p.m. PST

Please email with any general questions and email with any questions specific to the Graduate Student Scholarship!