Scholarships Merit-based
Society of Women Engineers

Mary Jones Berry Scholarship

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Multiple disciplines
1500 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


An expert in solid propellant rocket motor design, Mary Jones serves as a role model for women in the engineering profession. Only the third woman to study Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (also known as Virginia Tech), Mary often tutored her male classmates before graduating with honors in 1962. Mary was the first women licensed as a Professional Engineer in Virginia, and she went on to earn a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the George Washington University.

She began her professional career as a structural engineer for Atlantic Research Corporation (ARC, later part of Aerojet Rocketdyne), which developed rocket propulsion systems. 

Mary has been a SWE member since 1961 and was named as a SWE Fellow in 1998 for her contributions in supporting women in engineering. She is a member of the Baltimore Washington Section where she has served as the section President and Section Representative.  Mary started the SWE collegiate section at Virginia Tech and was the advisor for many years.  She is now affiliated with the SWE collegiate section at George Mason University.  She received the SWE Upward Mobility Award in 1992.

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth $1,500.


  • Mary endowed this scholarship in 2013 for female engineering graduate students.
  • Aerospace, Manufacturing, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering majors at Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Penn State, Georgia Tech, and Purdue are eligible to apply.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required





Application deadline

Not specified


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