The Virginia Community is proud to host the Award for Aspirations in Computing in Virginia. Award recipients will be selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

This is an annual event at the national and regional level. We encourage women in grades 9-12 to apply each year.

The Virginia Celebration of NCWIT Aspiration Winners will be held on March 17, 2018 at the Bank of America facility in Richmond, Virginia.  This will be the 7th annual Virginia affiliate celebration.

All applications submitted have been reviewed and scored by educators and industry representatives across the country.  After the applications are scored, each affiliate then selects winners and honorable mentions. Winners and honorable mentions are high achieving young women, who are being recognized for their excellent academics, volunteer activities, and plans for post-secondary education. 

The Virginia affiliate has created a new category this year called "Ones to Watch (12W)."  The 12W award was created to recognize students graduating in a future semester, who are just getting started in computing, and/or will have the opportunity to improve their application with additional activities over the upcoming year. 

The goal of the national and regional affiliate programs is to honor girls who are “interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.”  We are fortunate to have the resources to include all Virginia affiliate winners, honorable mentions and 12W students at our event, as well as our two state National Aspirations winners and two NCWIT Collegiate Award finalists who attend school in Virginia. We are excited to offer this opportunity to all of our Virginia winners so that they can all start networking with other students, educators, and industry partners. 



Pictured above are our 2017 Virginia Aspirations winners, Virginia Affiliate Honorable Mentions, and NCWIT National Honorable Mentions who attended the celebration with their families and teachers. Representatives of our supporting companies and our organizing committee members also attended the celebration.  Read more in our press release for the event.

Allison Collier, a 2012 VA/DC regional winner and 2013 national winner, is now a junior studying computer science at Virginia Tech.  She made a video about what aspirations means to her. 

Please contact with any questions about the Virginia & Washington DC community.

Chair: Libby G. Bradford, Virginia Tech,

Organizing Committee:

Melinda Cloyes, Bank of America,

Linda Fitzgerald, Virginia Tech,

Marjorie Hash, Bank of America,

Tonya Johnson, Bank of America,

Jennifer Rupert, Virginia Tech,

Kamaljeet Sanghera, George Mason University,

Jackie Sylvester, Eastman,

Marietta Woodward, Bank of America,