The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered award structure includes winner, honorable mention, and certificate of distinction designations at national and regional levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.
Criteria and Eligibility
Any U.S. woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply and will be considered for both the National and Affiliate Award, if she also meets all of the criteria as specified at the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing - High School website.
Each National and Regional Affiliate Award winner, as well as each honorable mention, receives:
- recognition at a Regional Affiliate Award event (at the discretion of the Regional Affiliate Award program)
- an engraved award for both her and her school
- scholarship and internship opportunities
- entry to a peer-network of technical women in the NCWIT AiC Community
- various prizes, such as computing resources, gadgets, swag, and more
In addition to the prizes listed above, each National Award winner receives cash and a trip to the National Award Celebration in March 2019, hosted by Bank of America; each recipient with a Certificate of Distinction designation receives various prizes and entry to the NCWIT AiC Community.
Students can apply online at the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing - High School website, beginning September 1, 2018 and no later than 8:00 p.m. MST on November 5, 2018.
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.
All applications will be reviewed by a national panel of reviewers. Once the national awardees (winners and honorable-mentions) are announced in December, NCWIT-Wisconsin will choose and announce our Wisconsin awardees (winners and runners-up). Wisconsin awardees will be notified by the end of January, 2018. Visit our NCWIT-Wisconsin Affiliate site for further information including recognition of the Wisconsin Affiliate award sponsors.
Why Should I Apply?
All awardees will be able to join a community of about 10,000 like-minded young technical women and meet IT professionals around the US. This award will be helpful on applications to schools and on your resume. Awardees will also get cool prizes, gadgets, and can apply for scholarships to several WI university programs. The Wisconsin Affiliate award winners and honorable mentions will receive an engraved award for both the awardee and her school.
Learn more about 2018 Wisconsin Winner & National Runner-Up Julia Schmidt (Brookfield Central High School)
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