ACM-W is excited to partner with Queens University to offer the Award for Aspirations in Computing to students in Ontario & Quebec, Canada. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honours and recognizes grade 9 through 12 students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. 

Please contact  Wendy Powley at or Drorit Weiss at with any questions about Aspirations in Computing in the Ontario & Quebec regions of Canada.

Applications are now closed.

Eligibility for Canadian High School Applicants

Canadian students in grades 9-12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary can apply as long as they are currently enrolled in a Canadian secondary school program. Canadian home-schooled students (grades 9-12) are also welcome to apply.

Canadian applicants are eligible for award recognition at the Canadian Affiliate level (see award designations below), but are not eligible for US specific National recognition (including National Winner and National Honorable Mention).

 Prizes - vary by award designation:

  • National Winners: Trophy, Hoodie & certificate.  All national winners will also be invited to attend the ACM Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (October 2022, Toronto). Travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for the winner and one guardian.
  • Local Winners: Hoodie & certificate
  • Honorable Mentions: T-shirt & certificate
  • Rising Stars: T-shirt & certificate
  • Educator Awardees: Cash prize & certificate

NOTE: Certificates & trophies will come from your local AiC Affiliate and Hoodies & T-Shirts will be distributed by Shopify.

Aspirations Canada Affiliates

Aspirations in Computing Canada is organized into four Regional Affiliates:



West Coast



  • Are Canadian College/University students eligible for the NCWIT Collegiate Award? Not at this time.
  • Are Canadian educators eligible for the NCWIT Educator Award? Yes, Canadian educators are eligible for the Canadian NCWIT Educator Award once they endorse a student for the High School Award. To learn more about the educator award, click here.


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