Calling all 9th-12th grade women and educators, as well as college women in tech!
2018 Aspirations in Computing award applications are open. Apply today for the opportunity to receive prizes and recognition for all that you do (or want to do) in computing. And, help us spread the word.
For more than 10 years, the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program has encouraged women’s pursuits in technology — connecting them with inspirational peers and mentors, acknowledging their technical contributions, further preparing them to reach educational and career goals, and so much more. By Spring 2018, we aim to support and offer exclusive benefits to more than 10,000 AiC community members!
You can help us reach this 10K milestone by spreading the word about the following AiC award opportunities for 9th-12th grade women and educators, as well as college women, to receive prizes and recognition for all that they do (or want to do) in computing!
NCWIT Award for AiC: for 9th-12th grade women
The NCWIT Award for 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 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.
Each National and Regional Affiliate Award winner, as well as each honorable mention receives:
- recognition at a Regional Affiliate Award event*
- 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 2018, hosted by Bank of America; each recipient with a Certificate of Distinction designation receives various prizes and entry to the NCWIT AiC Community.
* Regional Affiliate Award honorable mentions are invited to an award event at the discretion of the Regional Affiliate Award team.
Students can apply online at http://bit.ly/AiCHSAward no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on November 6, 2017.
The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.
NCWIT AiC Educator Award: for 9th-12th grade formal and informal educators
The NCWIT AiC Educator Award publicly celebrates formal and informal educators who encourage 9th-12th grade women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. The multi-tiered award structure includes 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.
Each National Award winner, as well as each Regional Affiliate Award winner and honorable mention receives:
- recognition at a Regional Affiliate Award event
- increased visibility in his or her school district and community
- NCWIT resources and promotional items
- an engraved award for both the Educator and his or her school
In addition to the prizes listed above, each National Award winner receives a cash prize and a trip to the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT, in Grapevine, Texas in May 2018; and, each Regional Affiliate Award winner receives $250.
Educators can apply online at http://bit.ly/AiCEdAward no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on November 27, 2017. (National Award applications open on December 1, 2017.)
The NCWIT AiC Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T.
NCWIT Collegiate Award: for college women
The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.
Each Award winner and honorable mention receives:
- a trip to the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT, in Grapevine, Texas in May 2018, including a private networking reception and award ceremony
- computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more
In addition to the prizes listed above, each winner receives $10,000 in cash and an engraved award; and, each honorable mention receives $2,500 in cash and a covered certificate.
The 2018 NCWIT Collegiate Award will be conducted in two rounds: Preliminary and Finalist. Applicants representing three categories — (1) freshmen, sophomores, and two-year college students; (2) juniors and seniors; and (3) graduate students — will be selected from the Preliminary Round to participate in the Finalist Round.
Students can apply online for the preliminary round at http://bit.ly/AiCCollegiate no later no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on October 30, 2017.
The NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm.
Spread the Word
Share these opportunities with your friends:
9th-12th grade women with any level of computing experience can apply for the @NCWITAIC Award. // http://bit.ly/AiCHSAward #NCWITAiC18
This #MentorMonday, encourage an educator to win a cash prize and a trip to the 2018 #NCWITSummit: http://bit.ly/AiCEdAward. #NCWITAiC18
College women w/ apps, robotics, and data visualization projects can apply for the Collegiate Award: http://bit.ly/AiCCollegiate. #NCWITAiC18
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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.