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Save the Date:  

NCWIT-WI Aspirations in Computing Awards Event

Sunday, May 3, 2020.

New Venue - This year our Awards Event will be at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Kern Center with tours of the brand new Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall available.  Plans are still being made but the event times will be from about 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  Many more details to come.


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On May 5, 2019 we held our awards event recognizing 104 high school awardees including two national honorable mentions, 1 national collegiate finalist and 3 educators. There were about 350 attendees. The 2019 program booklet is here

Previous booklets:  2018,  2017 (earlier years available)



New Berlin Students, Teacher Earn Tech Recognition Through NCWIT, March 5, 2018


Article about one of our awardees who received an NCWIT Aspire IT grant to create a Saturday workshop for middle school aged girls in her community.

Middleton HS Students Start CS Program for Younger Girls


Article about one of our 2016-2017 NCWIT-WI Aspirations Award winners now at UW-Madison.

Brand New Badger:  Daughter of Hmong immigrants part of national push for more women in technology


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About:  NCWIT - Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

The National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program provides technical young women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce.   AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, mentorship and professional work to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.

About:  Wisconsin Affiliate of NCWIT - Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

The Wisconsin Affiliate of NCWIT is uniquely charged with developing a statewide network of support for members of Wisconsin’s AiC Community.  NCWIT-WI plays a key role in the development, attraction and retention of young technical women to support economic development and innovation across the State of Wisconsin.  The WI Affiliate is based out of Southeastern Wisconsin and leverages the Wisconsin Mathematics Education Foundation (WMEF) as its fiscal agent.  All donations are tax deductible.

Contact: E-mail: ncwit.wi@gmail.com

Twitter: @NCWIT_WI

LinkedIn: NCWIT Wisconsin

About:  Aspirations in Computing (AiC) High School (HS) Award  

Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education.  Winners and honorable mentions are selected at both a National and State level.  State winners and honorable mentions are recognized at a local ceremony designed to connect their winners to post-secondary education providers and businesses with an interest in supporting young women in technology. Recipients of the AiC Educator Award are also recognized at this event.


About:  Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Collegiate Award:  Open to college women in any year of study who have completed technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.  Awards range from $2,500-$10,000.  This award program is administered at the National level; however, the Wisconsin Affiliate provides support as needed to AiC Community Members who wish to pursue a project and/or need local support to apply for the award.  


About:  Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award:  This award is open to any educator who has endorsed at least one young woman for the Award for Aspirations in Computing (HS) during the current years application period between September 1 and approximately November 6. This award publicly celebrates educators - teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other influencers - who encourage high school women's interest and ability in computing. There is one winner and one honorable-mention awards each year. 

About:  AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program:  This program, open to any awardee of the Award for Aspirations in Computing (HS), provides funding (up to $3,000) for a program which an AiC awardee implements to connect with K-12 girls to create and enhance interest in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders (AiC awardees) teach fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments.

Recent Aspire IT Grants awarded to Wisconsin Awardees (more details here):

  • Emily G, 2016-2017, Sponsor:  Whitefish Bay School District
  • Rachel W, 2017-2018, Sponsor: Middleton School District
  • Rucheng P, summer 2018, Sponsor: St. John's Lutheran, Wauwatosa
  • Jocelyn E, summer 2019, Sponsor: Journey House
  • Isabelle K, summer 2019, Sponsor: Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Rucheng P, summer 2019, Sponsor: Milwaukee School of Engineering

AiC Key Dates

2/5/20: Wisconsin AiC HS award winners & honorable mentions notified

2/5/20: Wisconsin AiC Educator Award selections

3/16/20: National AiC Collegiate award winners & honorable mentions notified

TBD: Registration opens for WI AiC Awards Ceremony (winners and their parents and/or teachers, post-secondary education partners, and business partners are invited to attend)

5/3/20: WI Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony at MSOE University


For 2020-2021 school year:

9/1/20 - 11/5/20: Application period - AiC High School Award (2020-2021 season)

9/1/20 - 12/2/20: Application period - AiC Educator Award (2020-2021 season)

9/1/20 - 10/21/20: Application period - AiC Collegiate Award (2020-2021 season)

mid - 12/20: National AiC HS award winners & honorable mentions notified


NCWIT WI Post-secondary Education Partners

Post-secondary Education Partners (pdf) (dot) are those that are providing support in one of the following ways:

  • Financial support through sponsorship of the NCWIT-WI Aspirations Award

    • to subsidize the costs of the AiC awards ceremony
    • to provide scholarship support to WI AiC Winners and/or honorable mentions
  • Swag bag donations for WI AiC Winners and/or honorable mentions.

  • Provide post-secondary advising personalized for AiC Community awardees looking for direct-entry/transfer information related to technical programs of study.

NCWIT WI Business Partners

Business Partners (pdf) (dot) are those that are providing support in one of the following ways:

  • to subsidize the costs of the AiC awards ceremony
  • to provide scholarship support to WI AiC Winners and/or honorable mentions
  • Swag bag donations for WI AiC Winners and/or honorable mentions.
  • Scholarship support to WI AiC Winners and/or honorable mentions communicated through WI AiC Community.
  • Commitment to provide opportunities for talented technical young women to meet potential role models and experience the kinds of career options available to them
  • Commitment to provide information on eligibility and how to apply for internship opportunities through WI AiC Community.
  • In kind support provided to support NCWIT-WI (printing, video production, public relations support, hosting meetings, etc.)


Contact Information

Email:  ncwit.wi@gmail.com
Twitter: @NCWIT_WI
LinkedIn: NCWIT Wisconsin


NCWIT-WI Board of Directors


Joe Kmoch - JK Consulting (joe@jkmoch.com)


Vice Chair:

Cheryl Nowak - American Transmission Company 



AiC Applications and Review Process

Natalie Peters - Independent Consultant


Aspirations In Computing Awards Event

Cheryl Nowak - American Transmission Company (Chair)

Sharon Skinner - Alverno College 

Sharyn Warren - Alverno College 


Academic Alliance Engagement

Laura Schmidt - Independent Consultant



Mary Acuna - UW-Whitewater

Dele Ojelabi - Comcentia


Marketing and Digital Presence

Amy Koroll - PDS Inc

John Miller - PDS Inc


At Large Directors:

Doris Dix - Northwestern Mutual

Christine Gay - Advantage Aurora Health Care

Kathy Lang - Independent Consultant
Qiana Ramsey - Independent Consultant
Tina Rock - Advanced Hires

Cynthia Short - Translator Inc 

Elizabeth Terasek - Goodwill Industries

Rachael Wiley - VCIP , WCTC student

Sunshine Xiong - Alverno student 

*  In addition to those that serve on the Board of Directors, a wide variety of volunteers are leveraged to support all aspects of NCWIT-WI programming and operations.

last updated: 2/3/2020:jk:12:00pm CT