WIE: Securing Brilliant Futures

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IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is a vibrant community of  IEEE members and volunteers dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. They help girls and women enter and advance in engineering and related technical fields. Each year, thanks to donations to the IEEE Foundation, WIE awards two undergraduate scholarships that aid in assuring the future of brilliant aspiring female technical professionals. 

IEEE Frances B. Hugle Engineering Scholarship – First presented in 2018, this US$2,500 scholarship is awarded to one or more female IEEE student members in honor of the memory of Frances B. Hugle. Hugle was a pioneering engineer who started several companies in Silicon Valley. The 2023 recipients of this prestigious scholarship are:

Rachel Leong: Rachel is a fourth-year student majoring in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University with a specialization in Power and Energy Systems. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, she developed a curiosity for engineering watching her father build, repair, and tinker at home. She was inspired to pursue electrical engineering because it offered a challenging combination of math, physics, and programming.

Rachel is an avid volunteer and peer mentor on campus and has been recognized for her many academic achievements. She is enthusiastic about providing opportunities for others, particularly other women, to pursue engineering and enjoys teaching others. 

Rebecca M. House: Rebecca is a senior studying electrical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following her graduation in December 2024, she will continue her education pursuing a Masters in Business Administration through UAB’s accelerated bachelor/masters program. Throughout her academic journey, her unwavering dedication and hard work earned her a 4.0 GPA.

Rebecca enhances her on campus experience by volunteering and through her hobbies of reading and playing the piano. She is motivated by the transformative power of education and the potential of women in STEM fields, recognizing the underrepresentation of women in this sector. 

IEEE WIE International Scholarship. First presented in 2022, this $2,500 scholarship is presented to a female IEEE WIE Student Member who has completed two years of undergraduate study in an engineering curriculum at an accredited university or college. The 2023 recipient of this prestigious scholarship is:

Katerina Michou: Katerina is a third year engineering student at National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with a focus on computer science and systems. She plans to go into Theoretical Computer Science graduate studies once she completes her Diploma and integrated Masters. 

Katerina is a leader in her IEEE student branch and helped to organize more than 17 events. She has received numerous academic recognitions as well as the prestigious IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship in 2023 for outstanding academic achievements and leadership within the IEEE. In her free time, she loves to write short stories and paint.

Motivated to help WIE support more and more young women pursue their dreams?  Contact Eileen R. Heltzer, CFRE at or call + 732 799-4431 or make a gift online.

Curious to learn about other donor supported programs designed for the next generation?  Explore the Opportunities for Student and Young Professionals webpage.

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