Professional Engineers in Industry Scholarship

Professional Engineers in Industry Scholarship is a $2,500 award. Applicants must be sponsored by a NSPE member. Students who are children, dependents, or relatives of NSPE members are given preference in the scholarship selection process. Students must have completed a minimum of two semesters or three quarters of undergraduate engineering studies (or be enrolled in graduate study) in a program accredited by the ABET.

PEI Scholarship

2015 PEI Scholarship Award
Rajia Abdelaziz

Rajia AbdelazizThank you so much to the National Society of Professional Engineers for awarding me this prestigious scholarship. I am currently a rising senior Double Majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The summer after my freshman year, my high grades caught the eyes of a faculty director of a program called iSENSE. I was offered a co-op (and later a part-time job) developing educational Android apps that teach students math and science through fun and innovative techniques that use physical means. Over the course of the summer, I travelled to high-schools and helped organize several field trips which set out to spark an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in young children. I love impacting the lives of students and showing them the importance of getting a quality education.

During my sophomore year, I became the Vice-President of both SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and iEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Throughout my time as vice-president, I helped organize professional development, philanthropy, social and outreach events. Currently, I am the President of SWE and I strive to promote student success and give back to the community each and every day.

Before becoming President of SWE, I got to witness first and how much members benefited from attending the National Conference. They got the opportunity to network with over 7,000 female engineers from all around the world, attend one of the largest career-fairs and most importantly secure internships and full-time positions. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints our chapter had never been able to afford to bring all the qualified members. I made it my mission as President to be able to bring all the qualified members to the conference. This coming October, SWE will be bringing 25 members to Nashville to attend WE15, that’s more than double the number of members we have ever been able to bring! I am extremely excited to see how many of these ladies are going to get life-changing opportunities.

Classmates ask how I am able to maintain a 3.8 GPA, while double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, working and being President of our SWE chapter. The answer is simple: with effort and ambition comes success! I want to continue to be that person who leaves a mark on people’s lives and that is why I will ALWAYS do everything I can to become a successful engineer.