2023 Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Chairs:
​Sarah Green (Entering Freshmen) and Kalli Wegren (College)

The Society of Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Section awards scholarships each year to students entering college and students in college in CO & WY. These scholarships are meant to help students continue to excel and reach their educational goals. We want to give a special thank you to the volunteer judges who reviewed the competitive pool of applications. This year’s scholarship recipients were honored at the SWE RMS Spring Summit Award Ceremony on April 15th. 

Ashley from Glenwood Springs High School. She will be studying Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines. Ashely has always enjoyed her math and science courses. Ashley is excited to use her problem solving skills and creativity to take on the challenges she may encounter in her computer science classes and future career. Ashely is also very involved afterschool. She has participated and held leadership roles in NHS and Student Council and has been involved in her school’s theater program working on sound and lights for many years.

Rosemary from Monarch High School in Superior. She will be going to North Carolina State University where she plans to study either Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. Rosemary has always loved hands-on science projects but it wasn’t until her junior year that she was approached about joining her school’s robotics team as the CAD leader. She admits it was a bit scary being the new person on the robotics team, especially being one of only 2 girls among a sea of 22 boys. As a result of her leadership and technical skills, she was selected to be the project leader for her senior year. This has also inspired her to start a STEM club at a local middle school for her Girl Scout Gold award project to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

Madison from Broomfield High School. She will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Madison first encounters with engineering were at girl’s engineering days at CU and CSU. She enjoyed hands -on projects and this peaked her interest in engineering as a career. She has been an active member of her school’s Engineering Club, including serving as President for 2 years. She had fun designing and building robots, using developer tools to solve cyber security challenges, and being the lead contributor to her team’s engineering notebook to document the process. She works to share her love of STEM with others and has founded a Girls Who Code club.

This year’s Dorolyn Lines Scholarship recipient is Madelyn Schmidt. This scholarship is in memory of Dorolyn Lines who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1923 and was one of the charter members of the Denver Section of SWE.  Like Dorolyn Lines, Madelyn is pursuing her degree in Mechanical Engineering. She will be starting her 4th year this fall at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since she was a kid, she had a passion for building and engineering. She participated in STEM camps and took several engineering courses in high school. At university, Madelyn is the co-president of the Women in Science in Engineering, involved with Engineers Without Borders, and was an intern for Shermco Industries. She was even involved in COVID-19 tracking through wastewater testing at Colorado Mesa University, and co-authored a medical article about the experience. If her achievements demonstrate anything, it is that she will be very successful in her future career.

This year’s Lottye Miner Scholarship recipient is Katelyn Aasman. This scholarship is in memory of Lottye Miner who was an early Life Member of SWE, and very active in counseling students and providing career guidance. Katelyn is pursuing a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She is very passionate about chemical engineering and one day finding a cure for Crohn’s Disease. Like Lottye Miner, Katelyn is also passionate about encouraging young people to pursue education in STEM. She inspires girls through volunteering and swim lessons she teaches. She is on the leadership board of Ratio Christi, is an active member and volunteer of SWE, is a Caldwell & Vanguard Community scholar, and works in the Morrison Research Lab. Katelyn will be entering her 2nd year this fall. Her vision and drive to work toward a better world through engineering is inspiring.

The Pioneer Scholarship is in memory of three women engineering graduates of the University of Colorado and charter members of SWE: Hilda Counts Edgecomb, Elsie Eaves, and Lou Alta Melton Merrill. Graduating in 1919 and 1920, they established an early forerunner of SWE. This year’s Pioneer Scholarship recipient is Shannon Blanco. Shannon is entering her 3rd year at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her love of science and volunteering is what led her to pursue a degree in both Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering.  She is involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society, was the president of Key Club, is a research assistant in the bioengineering lab, and is an active community volunteer. Shannon wrote a publication through the lab about bone and cartilage biomaterial structures. Her dream is to advance medical equipment to provide better health services in struggling communities. She herself is a pioneer in this field and her passion to serve others is unmatched.

Congratulations to this year’s amazing SWE RMS scholarship recipients!!

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