Rings of Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships for members of Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, or children or grandchildren of members. Applicants must be an undergraduate and majoring in engineering or technical science. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 2.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarships

Scholarships for undergraduate women majoring in engineering or technical science. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.


  1. Online Forms:

    Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018.

  2. Letter of Recommendation from an Academic Professional

    Applicants must submit ONE letter of recommendation, from a member of the faculty (professor, advisor, department head, dean, teacher, or school counselor).

  3. Transcripts

    In order to receive a scholarship, an applicant must provide official, sealed copies of all transcripts showing grades for the entire enrollment in all schools attended, both college(s) and high school(s) as described below. Official transcripts may be submitted directly from the high school, college, or university to the Foundation at the address stated at the end of this application information. Please submit the most current transcript that you can obtain. Applicants submitting applications prior to end of 2017, must submit a transcript from the Fall or Winter Term 2017.

    Applicants entering their second year at the college/university must provide copies of transcripts from all previous high schools and colleges, if applicable.

    Applicants entering their third or more years at the college/university must provide copies of transcripts from all previous colleges/universities.

  4. Send official transcripts to:

    Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation
    Attn: Scholarship Fund
    6552 10th Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98117

Application Period

The application period is open from December 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018.

Application Deadline

Completed applications, including all supporting materials, must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2018 or submitted online by 11:59pm PST on the date of the deadline.

Recipient Selection

Standards for selection include, but are not limited to:
  • Field Choice and Promotion of Engineering and Technical Sciences
  • Character, Conduct, and Integrity
  • Academic Achievement and Scholastic Aptitude
  • Community Involvement and Extracurricular Activities

The final selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a special evaluating panel of persons consisting of representatives from the field of education and/or engineering and science professions who have been selected by of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does my major qualify under "technical science"?
A: See the Foundation's definition of technical science. Degree Recognition inquries can be directed to scholarship@aoefoundation.org.

Q: Can high school students, high school students who have been accepted into engineering or technical science programs, or graduate students apply for the scholarships?
A: NO. At the present time, the A.O.E. Foundation has a limited number of resources and donations and therefore must limit the number of applicants to undergraduate students only. It is our goal in the future to add scholarships for both high school and graduate students.

Q: I am an international student, can I qualify for the scholarship?
A: YES. International students are eligible if they are attending an ABET accredited school and program and also meet the other scholarship requirements.

Q: Does it matter what school I attend?
A: YES. The school must be located in the United States, unless you are a member (active or alumnae) in good standing in Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, or the child or grandchild of a member in good standing attending a school outside of the U.S., and the major must be accredited by ABET or by another recognized accrediting agency in order to qualify. Please refer to the ABET website at www.abet.org for further information.

Q: I’m currently a senior in college and graduating this year, can I still apply?
A: YES. If you are graduating in December then you are eligible. If you are graduating in the spring or summer then you are NOT eligible. The scholarships are applied directly to the college or university for the upcoming fall school term.

Q: The letter of recommendation must be from an "academic professional"; what does that mean?
A: A person who is affiliated with your school and who is knowledgeable of your academic, philanthropic, or professional activities may write the letter. A.O.E. alumnae advisors are not considered "academic professionals" unless she is employed at your school as a professor or instructor. If you are a freshman then it is possible for a high school teacher to write the letter, due to the limited exposure to your collegiate professors.

Q: I am currently a candidate for A.O.E. sorority. Am I qualified for Rings of Excellence scholarships?
A: NO. You must be an initiated member of A.O.E. (active or alumnae) by the application deadline in order to qualify for the Rings of Excellence scholarships.

Other inquiries about scholarships can be sent to scholarship@aoefoundation.org.

For more detailed information

Download the Printable Application.

Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation Scholarships for 2018

Rings of Excellence Scholarships

One $2500 Founders’ Scholarship sponsored by the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation. This scholarship was established to honor the Foundation's history by recognizing the initiative and support of the five founding members of the Foundation. Wendy Aasen, Cindy Benske, Julie Heinrich, Michelle Vondenkamp, and Julie Whalen are sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority and were the visionaries behind the mission of the Foundation. These women had the ambition to create an organization which supports and promotes all women in engineering and technical science fields.

Two $1000 Rings of Excellence Scholarships sponsored by the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation.

Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarships

One $2000 Maxine Shelly Turner Memorial Scholarship Maxine Shelly Turner was a senior in Chemical Engineering just three weeks from graduating Magna Cum Laude in honors at Virginia Tech, when her life was abruptly cut short while sitting in German class. Maxine, or Max to her friends and family, was a founding member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon Rho Chapter at Virginia Tech, and served as Community Outreach Officer and Professional Life Officer. Her goal was to provide a support group for women in engineering that would involve both professionalism and community service, in addition to the social aspect of the sorority. In keeping with her ideals and achievements, Maxine's family and friends requested the establishment of this scholarship to assist other young women with similar goals and aspirations.

One $1500 Lindsay M del Campo Scholarship sponsored by Lindsay and Miguel M del Campo. Lindsay graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2005. After graduating, she worked for a public safety communications engineering consulting firm for seven years as a radio frequency engineer. Lindsay was the only female engineer at the company for several years and was respected by her colleagues as a professional engineer and an expert in her field. She earned this respect through her diligence in self-learning while on the job and her professionalism.

One $1000 Freedom Scholarship sponsored by Fred and Jessica McElman. Many of the young men and women in our nation's military not only protect our families, our homes, and our way of life but are also trained in engineering, science, and technology. This scholarship honors the service and commitment of our nation's military members to their profession and their country.

One $1000 Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship sponsored by the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation.

Two $500 Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarships sponsored by the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation.

One $500 Herbert John Lathrop Engineering Scholarship sponsored by Lou Ann Lathrop. Herbert Lathrop was a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Minnesota in the V12 program of the Navy during WWII. He worked for Bucyrus-Erie, a mining equipment company, which enabled him to go on trips all over the world including China, which at the time was unthinkable. In the words of Herbert Hoover on engineering, “It is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.” This scholarship is dedicated to Lou Ann’s father, who died on Saint Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of engineers.

One $500 Walters Family Honorary Scholarship sponsored by Mary Anne Moore (Gamma 42, IEB President 2001-2004). This scholarship was established to recognize her family’s love and support in achieving her educational goals and in general, the importance of a family’s support in realizing any goal. Families provide invaluable support to students while seeking engineering or technical science degrees which are demanding disciplines. Although Mary Anne earned her way through school with scholarships, her family assisted her by providing room and board for two years, home cooked meals, a referral for a part-time job that she held for five years, babysitting jobs to earn extra money, and lots of love and support. A family’s assistance may be financial, emotional, or a combination of both, but the strength from family is important to achieving any goal.

One $500 Kasem Pimanmas Scholarship sponsored by Nisie Pimanmas. This scholarship is a tribute to her father, who courageously left his home in Bangkok and traveled half way around the world in search of better opportunity. Despite language barriers and cultural differences, his determination and spirit allowed him to excel in his career and provide for his family. Mr. Pimanmas worked as a chemist. His daughter honors his effort and love by sponsoring this scholarship.

One $500 Make a Difference/Impact Scholarship sponsored by Ciara Ginyard. Knowing that the greatest impact we can make is another's life is not what we get from others rather how one can better society. With the daily advances being made in engineering and technical science, the Impact Scholarship is to support those who use their academic gifts in math and science with a passion to make a difference within their community.