Roberta Banaszak Gleiter Engineering Endeavor Scholarship

Written by Hannah Fowler

The scholarship aims to support women engineers who are sophomores or juniors pursuing Aerospace Engineering (AeroE) or Chemical Engineering (ChE) degrees. It offers a $1,500 award, renewable for one year, to assist women in making a difference in engineering,

The Roberta Banaszak Gleiter – Engineering Endeavour Scholarship, established in 2013, commemorates the remarkable career and contributions of Roberta Banaszak Gleiter to the field of engineering and her unwavering support for women in the profession. As a trailblazing chemical engineer who graduated from Purdue University in 1960, Roberta faced significant challenges in a male-dominated field but went on to have a fulfilling career at The Aerospace Corporation from 1980 to 2020.

Throughout her career, Roberta was deeply involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), holding several leadership positions including Society President, and was honored as a SWE Fellow in 2000. Her work extended beyond SWE; she was the CEO of the Global Institute for Technology & Engineering, Vice Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies, and contributed to the National Science Foundation. Her efforts were recognized with multiple awards, including The Aerospace Corporation Woman of the Year and Purdue’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a prestigious and influential organization with a storied history dating back to 1950. Established with the mission to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, to demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion, and to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life, SWE ...

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Eligibility information

College Sophomores & Juniors