He then told me an inspiring story about his niece who was on track to go to a community college after high school, but he encouraged her to use her bright intellect to pursue a degree in engineering at a higher level university instead. After applying at several schools she was recruited heavily by Southern Methodist University, but her family couldn't afford to send her without help. She applied for and was granted a large scholarship from SWE that allowed her to graduate with honors from SMU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering! She worked hard all throughout school to keep that scholarship and has now started her career with a company in Dallas.
He thanked me and SWE for all that we do to encourage young women to pursue engineering careers, and told me to pass on his appreciation to other members as well. He recognized the difference we make in society and our companies as technical and professional leaders. His sentiments made my day, especially since I have some scholarship applications waiting in my Inbox to review for this year!
So thanks to YOU for all you do for SWE and your local communities. Rest assured we are making a difference in individual lives, and that impact ripples out further than you might expect. Keep up the good work, SWEsters! :)