Brill Family Scholarship

Written by Hannah Fowler

Yvonne and Naomi endowed the Brill Family Scholarship in 2008.  Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and studying aerospace or biomedical engineering are eligible to apply.

Established in 2008, the Brill Family Scholarship honors the legacy of pioneering aerospace engineer Yvonne Brill and her commitment to mentoring women in engineering. Yvonne's notable inventions, including the hydrazine-resistojet thruster, have significantly advanced satellite technology, leading to her receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2011. Her daughter, Naomi Brill, a retired mechanical engineer recognized for her contributions to portable drug pump manufacturing, co-founded the scholarship to continue their tradition of mentorship.

The Brill Family Scholarship focuses on supporting undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years who are pursuing aerospace or biomedical engineering degrees. With a financial award of $3,000, the scholarship targets students who are passionate about these fields, reflecting the Brill family's considerable contributions to aerospace and biomedical advancements.

This scholarship not only provides financial assistance but also honors the Brill family's enduring dedication to encouraging younger generations of women in the engineering sector. It's an investment in the future of aerospace and biomedical engineering, aiming to inspire and support students committed to making significant contributions in these innovative fields.

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College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors