Our scholarship committee faces a difficult decision each year as we receive many qualified applicants. Our recipients are typically in the top 10% of the graduating class and often have a GPA of 4.0 or above thanks to the Advanced Placement courses they pursue. Recommendation letters from teachers, coaches, and employers describe highly motivated students, mature and professional with good teamwork skills. Their applications show their vision for themselves as engineers, inspired by parents, TED talks, and innovations that have changed their lives. SWE Richmond is proud to support these young women in their engineering education.
Catherine Alexander (2018 recipient) graduated from the Collegiate School. She wanted to be an astronaut when she was young and realized she wanted to pursue an education and a career in engineering because she enjoyed designing and building things in order to help others. Catherine is studying mechanical engineering at Duke University.
Julia Kerns (2017 recipient) is interested in robotics engineering. She has gotten started on her path by serving as the captain of her FIRST Robotics team at Veritas School and attending summer science programs. Julia is studying mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tabitha Gibbs (2016 recipient) has wanted to be an engineer since sixth grade, and she has gained significant engineering experience on her FIRST and VEX robotics teams. She was the valedictorian of her class at Henrico County's Engineering Specialty Center. Tabitha is pursuing a degree in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
McKenna Epperson (2015 recipient) graduated from Freeman High School in Henrico County. While still in high school, she pursued her interest in engineering through the UVA SWE section’s campus visit program and through a job shadow of an engineer at Dominion. She now attends UVA and will be volunteering on the host side of SWE’s campus visit program. McKenna is looking for an internship and researching which major to pursue.
Chioma Anene (2014 recipient) earned college credit while attending Highland Springs High School through the High Tech Academy partnership between Henrico County Public School and VCU. Chioma is currently studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is interested in aerospace engineering and is looking for a summer internship.