About the Scholarship

The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field, such as science, technology, engineering, or math. Qualifications for scholarship applications are for women to be enrolled or enrolling in a STEM field at a southern accredited two-year technical program, four-year  undergraduate program, or graduate program that can be used for a career in the automotive industry. Since the introduction of the Scholarship Program in August 2011, SAWF has provided over $401,000 in scholarships. SAWF raises funds for scholarship through industry fundraising, society soirees and professional development events. 


2023/2024 Scholarship Program

Scholarships will be awarded in increments ranging from $1000 to $5,000. Scholarships payments are paid through one increment and the schools document allocation between the two terms as applicable. Funds are paid after the awardee submits the required documentation showing satisfaction up to the date of payment of the eligibility set requirements. Now accepting applications for 2023/2024.

Scholarship Application

Additional Scholarship Requirements

The 2022/2023 scholarship recipients are:
Brooke Ivy Welch – Lorie Shauntee-Nelson Scholarship Recipient; Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University; Courtsey of SAWF & Toyota
Alyssa Cadua – Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University; Courtsey of Magna
Katelyn Carr – Mechanical Engineering at University of The University of Alabama at Huntsville; Courtsey of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Lydia Gardner – Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Magna
Victoria Grimes – General Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology; Courtsey of GAMA and B. Riley Financial
Suruchi Gujarathi – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Aisin
Jade Hanson-Thomas – Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University; Courtsey of GAA/ARD & Honda
Sophia Jeffers – Mechanical Engineering at Milligan University; Courtsey of Chemico
Gautami Girish Keskar – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Clemson University; Courtsey of Toyota
Abigail Koester – Industrial Systems Engineering at University of Florida; Courtsey of BMW
Juliana McIrvin – Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Courtsey of Aisin
​Tanavi Patel – Master's in Automotive Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology; Courtsey of GAMA/B. Riley Financial
Mugda Basuthakur – Automotive Engineering, Ph.D. at Clemson University; Courtsey of Honda
Keira Tran – Software Engineering at University of Texas at Austin; Courtsey of Bodman