Award Applications Open to High School and College Students in Computing, and their Educators
October 5, 2021
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award Recognitions honor aspirations, abilities, technical accomplishments, and influential guidance in computing. Help NCWIT spread the word to women, genderqueer, or non-binary 9th-12th grade and college students, and to the educators who support them.
Share these award opportunities with your peers and colleagues via social media:
ATTN: women, genderqueer, and non-binary technologists in grades 9-12! Apply now for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing to be recognized for all that you do (or want to do) in technology. Visit www.aspirations.org/AiCHSAward for details. #NCWITAiC22
Calling all educators (teachers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and others) who support students’ interest in tech: apply for the AiC Educator Award! www.aspirations.org/AiCEduAward #NCWITAiC22 #CSed
Know college women, genderqueer, or non-binary students who have led or contributed to an impactful tech project? Encourage them to apply for the Collegiate Award: www.aspirations.org/AiCCollegiateAward. #NCWITAiC22
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The Award for AiC honors 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 17,000 students have received an Award for AiC.
The AiC Educator Award identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students to explore their interests in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. Since 2011, more than 500 educators have been recognized and have received more than $225,000 in professional development funding to improve their computing education skills.
The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women, genderqueer, or non-binary students. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. The Collegiate Award is open to all AiC Community members who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, who have contributed substantially to a technical project involving computing or IT.
Support Aspiring Technologists! NCWIT receives thousands of AiC award applications each year; this year, NCWIT expects to receive 25 percent more. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to identify outstanding, aspirational technologists by sharing their insight into the world of computing. Find out how to get started: aspirations.org/VolunteerReviewer.
The entire Aspirations in Computing program platform is supported generously by NCWIT Lifetime Partner Apple. The Aspirations in Computing Program receives support for AspireIT, the AiC Regional Affiliates, the Award for AiC, the AiC Educator Award, the Collegiate Award, and the AiC Community from the following NCWIT Strategic, Investment, and Sustaining Partners: Amazon, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Cognizant U.S. Foundation, DoD STEM, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Palo Alto Networks, and Qualcomm. The Aspirations in Computing Program receives additional support from the following sponsors: BNY Mellon, RBC Capital Markets, and Walmart.