On June 25, 2018, the White House announced the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing program as one of 14 organizations to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) — the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent.
Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“Offering encouragement and guidance to women is particularly important in the computing discipline, given their underrepresentation,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Through Aspirations in Computing, NCWIT mentors technical girls and women with the help of a community of change leaders who are equipped in understanding the key barriers to increasing their participation.”
About NCWIT Aspirations in Computing
Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce. AiC produces impressive results:
The AiC Community, the largest network of its kind, includes more than 10,000 technical women.
Award for AiC winners consistently report greater confidence, awareness of computing fields, motivation to persist, as well as less anxiety and uncertainty about computing skills when asked to describe the impact of the award.
Ninety-one percent of past Award for AiC winners report a major or minor in a STEM field while in college — 77 percent in computer science or engineering.
AiC Community members thrive within an expansive network of peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. These computing-related opportunities allow AiC Community members to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, and the Symantec Corporation.
NCWIT receives significant financial support from Lifetime Partner Apple; Strategic Partners NSF, Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, Intel, Merck, and AT&T; as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Bloomberg, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm, and Facebook.
View all of NCWIT’s supporters at www.ncwit.org/about/supporters.