Scholarships & Awards

The awards banquet serves as a platform to recognize student and faculty leaders through Teaching Excellence Awards, Student Mentoring Awards, and the Helen Grenga Outstanding Women Engineer Award.  Additionally, each year we award corporate scholarships to some of our most outstanding female engineering students.


Corporate engagement is a crucial aspect of the Women in Engineering program, and the granting of corporate scholarships is the annual expression of WIE’s industry partners’ shared commitment to encouraging greater female participation in engineering professions.  Each company defines its own unique parameters regarding scholarships they wish to give, and WIE reviews and recommends deserving students for these awards.

Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, and involvement with women-focused professional organizations such as WIE and SWE as well as other criteria (major, GPA, and citizenship) specified by each company.  The application for these scholarships becomes available in mid-January.

In 2014, scholarships totaling $131,000 were awarded to 117 outstanding students. For a full list of the companies, alumni and friends who sponsored these scholarships, please click here.

Faculty Awards

Every year, the Women in Engineering program presents two awards to engineering faculty members who have had a special impact on students’ lives by their teaching excellence and going the extra mile to encourage and support the students’ success. These awards are given on the belief that the overall learning environment is enhanced by professors who care, and that this increases positive student participation and retention.

The awards are distinctive because they come from the students themselves.  Every year, female undergraduate engineering students are invited to nominate a faculty member who has had a positive impact on their lives. 

This Year's 2014 Faculty Award Winners are Dr. Joe Le Doux from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and Dr. John Koon from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

These awards are made possible by Kimberly-ClarkCorporation’s generous support.

Mentoring Awards

Every year, the Women in Engineering Program recognizes outstanding mentors from the M&M Program, a peer mentoring program for undergraduate female engineering students.  The recipients of these Outstanding Mentor Awards are selected from nominations received from mentees who would like to recognize their mentor for providing guidance, friendship, and support throughout the year.

The 2014 Outstanding Mentors are Mariana Arcaraz, Katie Copenhaven, Celine Irvene, Rebecca Janezic, Zephania Levin, Emily Ammons, Jessica Block, April Sheeks, Kathryn Thomas, and Mary VanAlten.

These awards are made possible by Shell, Caterpillar and the StreetSmarts endowment’s generous support.

Helen Grenga Outstanding Engineer Award

The Helen Grenga Outstanding Woman Engineer Award was created to celebrate the accomplishments of women in engineering, and is presented to a woman engineering student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in her field and in the Georgia Tech community.

This award is named after Dr. Helen Grenga (pictured left), who was the first female tenured engineering professor at Georgia Tech in the School of Metallurgy, now known as the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

The 2014 Helen Grenga Award recipient is Lauren Dermody.