Undergrads receive Society of Women Engineers scholarships

Ellouise Moehring and Adrienne Rudolph were among hundreds of recipients of new and renewed scholarships distributed by SWE in 2021.

Two AAE undergraduate students were selected to receive scholarships from the Society of Women Engineers.


Ellouise Moehring, who will be a sophomore in the fall, and Adrienne Rudolph, a rising senior, were among hundreds of recipients of new and renewed scholarships distributed by SWE in 2021. SWE raised more than $1.05 million for scholarships in 2021, its highest total ever.

SWE scholarships support those who identify as a female/woman and are pursuing an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science, its website said. The organization has been providing scholarship opportunities for about 70 years.

Moehring was awarded the Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship, an annual $4,000 scholarship for female undergraduate students pursuing careers in aeronautical or astronautical engineering or engineering technology. Resnik, the second female NASA astronaut, flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984 and one of the seven-member crew that died during the Challenger disaster in 1986.

Moehring is a member of SWE, Purdue Lunabotics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue Women in Engineering and the Purdue Space Program.


“I feel honored to receive this scholarship through SWE,” Moehring said. “This award will not only enable me to pursue my own aerospace engineering endeavors, but also to continue the legacy of Judy Resnik and other great female engineers.”

Rudolph was the recipient of the $2,500 SWE Central Indiana Scholarship.

Rudolph is co-founder and treasurer of the 3D Printed Prosthetics Club, the assistant operations coordinator for the Purdue Space Day Executive Board and a member of the Avionics Team for Purdue Space Program’s NASA Student Launch. She also is a private pilot.

“This scholarship is years of hard work paying off,” Rudolph said. “Because I am from southern Indiana, I come from a heavy agricultural background, and while a lot of my peers had engineering, coding and robotics classes in their high school years, I was not as fortunate to have those same opportunities available. Starting at Purdue my freshman year, I went from being a big fish in a little pond to a minnow in the ocean. I have struggled and slowly worked my way up to where I am now and could not be more fulfilled by my progress.

“To be chosen from 1,500 applicants for this award only further affirms that if you truly put in the work for your goals, and want them bad enough, you will reach them. I am so grateful to be an SWE Scholar.”