SWE Scholarship in honor of Florence Caldwell

The SWE Scholarship in honor of Florence Caldwell was established by the Colorado School of Mines Society of Women Engineers  collegiate section in honor of the first woman to graduate from Mines. She graduated in 1898 at the age of 30, having previously received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1890 from Ohio Wesleyan University and another degree in 1894 from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon graduation, she returned to Cleveland and taught at the Institute of Art until 1901, when she married Frank Henry Jones (whom she met at Mines). She followed her husband in his career as Deputy Mineral Surveyor for the District of Colorado, and later with United Verde Copper in Arizona. Florence Caldwell was diagnosed with diabetes in 1933 and died of cardiac failure at age 65 in 1937.

Award Information

Up to four scholarships will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholarship recipients will receive their monies through the Mines Financial Aid Office, with $1,000 disbursed in Fall 2023 and $1,000 in Spring 2024. If a student is graduating in December, the full $2,000 would be disbursed in the fall semester. Selection of the scholarship winners will be made in April, and will be announced at the awards luncheon meeting in May, 2023, further details to be announced. The funds are to be used at Colorado School of Mines during the following academic year.

Application closes April 10, 2023.

Minimum qualifications
  • Be a current paid member of SWE at Colorado School of Mines
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
Application Instructions
  • Completed application form (see e-form below)
  • Unofficial transcript (add as an attachment to application form)
  • One letter of recommendation (add as an attachment to application form)
  • Applicant’s essay (add as an attachment to application form)
Expectations Associated with Award
  • Serve as a mentor in SWE’s mentoring program
  • Attend at least five SWE events (e.g., weekly meetings, outreach, networking events, etc.) each semester
  • Submit a brief summary of how you benefited from the scholarship during the 2023-2024 academic year to WISEM by May 20, 2024


SWE Scholarship in honor of Florence Caldwell Application

  • About you

    Note: Students who have spent one or two years at Mines (semesters at other colleges can count toward this) are considered first year and sophomores, respectively, for the purposes of this application. Students who have completed more than two years at Mines (or some other college) are considered juniors or seniors for the purposes of this application. Class status does not depend on credit hours earned! Graduate students with full tuition funding are not eligible for this scholarship.
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  • Activities

  • Honors and awards

  • Work Experience

  • If you are a first-year or sophomore, you may include high school jobs. If you are a junior or senior, please include only jobs you have had in college.
  • Participation in SWE

  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Prepare a typed statement of at least one paragraph on each of the following topics: Why did you decide to major in engineering? Reasons you applied for this award (include financial need information and note whether you have other sources of funding/scholarships)? What impact has your involvement with SWE had, or what impact will it have in the future (include an understanding of SWE’s mission or values)? List and explain a few suggestions you have for ways to improve our Mines SWE section.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Attach an unofficial transcript from Mines. For students who have completed less than one semester at Mines, please attach an unofficial transcript from the previous educational institution you attended.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    One letter of recommendation is required – it should be from a professor, faculty advisor, or employer.



Application closes April 10, 2023








Florence Caldwell