For all of you who weren’t aware of our lovely SWE Scholarships, the deadline is coming soon (yikes!). You have until February 15th to make sure your application is complete. Need some help? This blog post has you covered.
First and foremost, it is important to check your eligibility before you even start the application. The eligibility criteria includes:
- Must be a woman
- Must be a sophomore or above
- Undergraduate applicants must be planning to study in an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing
- Graduate level students must be enrolled at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology
- Must be a full-time student
- Must not be fully funded for tuition, books, fees, or equivalent
Second, make sure your resume is up to date! Your new experiences, grades, involvements should be included to make sure you have the most up to date resume possible.
Third, and in my opinion the hardest part, is the short essay question. The word limit is 350 words asking why you want to be an engineer or computer scientist. The best way to tackle this is to first brainstorm. Write about your childhood, or how you first got introduced to engineering. Try to remember a particular event, if any, that sparked your interest in the field you are pursuing. Then just allow yourself to write, put it away, write again, while taking breaks in between! And don’t forget to have someone look over it for you for advice.
Lastly, two recommendation letters are required for the application. The first one should be from a professor and the second from a personal reference (outside the family). Before asking for recommendations, make sure you allow enough time for your recommendors to write the letters! Once it gets close to the deadline, it is important to remind them and thank them for their time.
For more information, check out this helpful video on a step by step process through the application. Don’t sweat it, and good luck!