Aspirations in Computing

Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program engages young women interested in technology and computing. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the program encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation in computing and IT.

ASPIREIT K-12 OUTREACH PROGRAM

The AspireIT K-12 outreach program is a series of outreach programs designed for K-12 school girls by Aspirations in Computing Award recipients. AspireIT programs utilize the talents and skills of Aspiration in Computing Award recipients (from any year) in partnership with an NCWIT Academic or K-12 Alliance member. The program is so successful because it employs a "near-peer" approach that gives middle school girls a hands-in, inspiring introduction to technology from young women just a few years ahead of them in the pipeline.

AWARD FOR ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing builds a talent pool for the growing technical workforce and helps academic and corporate organizations celebrate diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.

ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING EDUCATOR AWARD

The Aspirations in Computing Educator Award identifies outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging young women to explore their interest in computing and technology, and recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. Over the past four years, more than 160 educators have been recognized and have received more than $150,000 in professional development funding to improve their computing education skills.

NCWIT COLLEGIATE AWARD

Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the NCWIT Collegiate Award honors outstanding undergraduate women for their computing and technical accomplishments.

Awardees receive:
  • $7,500 cash award
  • A trip to the award ceremony at the annual NCWIT Summit

Applications for the award open on January 1 and close on February 15. Applicants must be a member of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community, a junior or senior in college, and a computing major.

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