About the Merit Awards

SIne 2002, the New York State Capital District SWE Section has reached out to support the local community and encourage talented high school women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Certificate of Merit is an achievement award presented to female students completing their junior year of high school. The recipients are chosen by the faculty of the math, science, and technology departments, and the administration of their schools on the basis of their achievements in math, science, and pre-engineering (if available), their character and their desire for a future career in engineering, math or science. The award consists of a certificate that can be recorded on college and scholarship applications. Last year, we had 63 recipients from 36 area schools. In addition to the Certificate of Merit, Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAA) are given to select awardees based on a separate application process. The OAA comes with a monetary gift is intended for use toward college application fees, campus visits, standardized test preparation, books, and tuition.

How to Get Involved - Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

NYCDSWE is in need of local businesses in the Capital Region willing to become corporate sponsors. These sponsors would ideally donate monetary or item donations to our Merit Award Dinner. There are several ways to contribute:

For a $200 donation, your business would sponsor a table of 4 awardees, giving your company the opportunity to interact in a 1:1 basis with the students and their families.

Other examples of monetary donations are a “Goody Bag Sponsor” which would donate a minimum of $100 and provide SWE information on your company to be provided to each attendee. We have a number of monetary donation tiers listed in detail below.

Another way of supporting and honoring the women is through our raffle. Last year we raffled off a number of donated prizes such as gift cards, T-shirts, water bottles, stickers and other various donated items from local businesses. Not only is this a fun way to give out free prizes to the awardees, but also a great way of advertising your business. We find that donating items for goody bags, our raffle, or even to sponsor a whole table provides a number of different options for the businesses.

The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit organization as recognized by the IRS and New York State. Our IRS 501c3 tax identification number (EIN) is 01-0700955 and our NYS tax exemption certificate number is EX-253499. 

All donations will go directly towards the realization of this event. It is a rare opportunity to meet such an exceptional group of young women together and recognize their achievements in and pursuit of STEM fields, and we hope your business would like to join us in this wonderful cause. 

To donate, please fill out the sponsorship form below and submit it to NYSCDSWE@gmail.com. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Prior NYSCD SWE Merit Award Corporate Sponsors

Past event photos

May 2016

May 2015

May 2014

May 30, 2013

May 2012

May 2011
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