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The Dallas Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the Annie Colaço Scholarship for local college students.

The scholarship is named in honor of Annie Colaço (1899-1991), the grandmother to SWE lifetime member Nandika D’Souza. Annie Colaço epitomized selfless service and lifelong learning, which is reflected in the SWE mission. Each recipients personal achievements and leadership in SWE are impressive. With this scholarship Dallas SWE wants to encourage each recipient to continue to provide selfless service and leadership to their SWE sections.

  • Naomi Beltrand of Collin College
  • Nadia Rahman of the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Morgan Reiner of Southern Methodist University
  • Liberty Schmidt of the University of Texas at Arlington

The Dallas SWE section hopes that each recipient will join us at the upcoming Region C Leadership Summit that will be held on Saturday, August 27th in the DFW area. Dallas SWE is excited to recognize these outstanding SWE collegiate leaders and will encourage each recipient to continue to be a SWE member upon graduation. The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a not-for- profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

There is no greater satisfaction than the feeling of success, of accomplishment, of completion, of having an impact. Dallas SWE hope that each recipient continues to look to the future, about the opportunity offered by success, and the responsibilities that success imposes. Dream! Imagine! Hope! Don’t fall short, because then you’ll never know what might have been.


Naomi Beltrand 

Beltrand Naomi photoNaomi is a sophomore at Collin College and expects to transfer to a four-year university for completion of a B.S. in Software Engineering. Naomi was the President of the Collin College SWE Section last year. She is recognized for creating lasting relationships with corporate sponsors and implementing expanded outreach and professional development programs for her section.



Nadia Rahman
Nadia Rahman 1Nadia is a freshman at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Nadia found a welcoming community in UTD SWE and became an officer during her second semester on campus! She’s being recognized for her volunteer efforts and enthusiasm to make her section the best that it can be!




Morgan Reiner
Morgan ReinerMorgan is a junior at Southern Methodist University where she expects to graduate with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Operations Research through the university’s (4+1) program in May 2017. Morgan was the Vice President of External Affairs of the SMU SWE section last year. She is being recognized for expanding SMU SWE’s outreach programs, specifically she applied for a SWE Program Development Grant to fund their partnership with Girls Inc.





Liberty Schmidt
Liberty SchmidtLiberty is a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Liberty is being recognized for sustained service to SWE in the following leadership positions, President of the UTA SWE Section, SWE Future Leader and Region Collegiate Representative for Region C. Further, Liberty was elected to be the Region Collegiate Senator for Region C for next year.

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