The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Criteria and Eligibility
Any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations is eligible and encouraged to apply: NCWIT recognizes aspirations as well as accomplishments. Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. For more detailed information, please visit www.aspirations.org/faqs.
Each award recipient receives recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag, engraved awards and certificates, and more. Additionally, National Award recipients receive:
$500 in cash
a laptop computer
a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 7, 2015
an engraved award for both the student and her school
networking opportunities with Bank of America employees
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) recognizes teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who make a special effort to support girls’ interest in technology.
Criteria and Eligibility
To be considered for the award, educators are asked to complete a short, online application and endorse at least one student for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Each Educator Award winner receives recognition at a local Aspirations Award event and increased visibility in his or her school, district and community, $1,000 for participation in up to two computing-related professional development activities, and an engraved award for both the recipient and his or her school.
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The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community is a phenomenal source of information, peer and professional networking, as well as support and encouragement for more than 3,300 technical young women. Applications open in October for the college entry point into this vital group.
The new NCWIT Collegiate Award (sponsored by Hewlett-Packard) honors outstanding undergraduate women for their computing and technical accomplishments. Applications open January 2015.
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The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a component of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program — a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing and information technology, from 5th grade through graduate school. In addition to Bank of America and Microsoft, the Aspirations program is supported nationally by AT&T, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.