2019 Awardees Photo

Gold Sponsor of NCWIT-WI Aspirations

Silver Sponsors of NCWIT-WI Aspirations


Bronze Sponsors of NCWIT-WI Aspirations




Friendship Sponsor of NCWIT-WI Aspirations


NEW--> Statement from the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) staff to the AiC community (condensed):

Like many of you, the NCWIT staff of the Aspirations in Computing Program are grieving and angry. As we reflect on the ongoing pain, suffering, and violence against Black men and womxn, we cannot remain silent. The AiC team reaffirms our commitment to supporting womxn in tech; we can do more to support Black womxn in tech and have put together NCWIT resources that address racism and intersectional injustices and that highlight the accomplishments and experiences of Black womxn as well as a list that advocates for Black tech companies and organizations. We plan to continue the conversations in our community (on our Facebook group!), and work to continue making this a safe space for all community members, particularly our Black womxn and other members of color.

For the FULL STATEMENT, go to:  https://mailchi.mp/ncwit/black-lives-matter


NEW--> The NCWIT-WI Aspirations in Computing Award Student Recognition Booklet for 2020 is now available.

Our recognition booklet this year includes not only photos and bios of all 101 student honorees and 2 educator honorees, but commentary from our planned keynote speaker, comments from our Gold Sponsor, comments from our planned student panelists.  In addition there is extensive information about our Academic Community activities including our NCWIT Academic Alliance members, our Academic Partners in K-12, the work of our honorees with Aspire IT, Counselors for Computing and the NCWIT Collegiate Award.

interactive booklet software (issuu)

Paged printing format (pdf)

Academic Alliance Collegiate Flyers (pdf)


NEW--> NCWIT National Aspirations Award Ceremony

In lieu of affiliate awards ceremony being canceled due to COVID-19, a virtual national awards ceremony was held on May30th.  A recording of that ceremony can be found here:  https://www.aspirations.org/blog/2020-aspirations-computing-virtual-award-event


NEW--> NCWIT 2020 Aspirations in Computing Annual Recap

This is a summary report from the national perspective of the various pieces of the NCWIT Aspirations program including the original high school Award for Aspirations in Computing, the Collegiate Award, AspireIT and the Educator Award.  Download the PowerPoint file here.


NCWIT-WI Aspirations in Computing Awards Event - Cancellation due to COVID-19

Per federal and state guidelines, the NCWIT-WI board of directors has cancelled the Aspirations in Computing Awards event scheduled for 5/3 at MSOE in Milwaukee.  We are deeply saddened for the girls and educators to be honored at this year's event.  The Board is in the process of working through all of the ramifications of cancelling the event and have been in contact with all key stakeholders to find alternative ways to:
  • recognize the accomplishments of 101 aspiring female technologists and two outstanding K12 educators, 

  • inspire honorees to continue to their study of computing and related disciplines,

  • raise awareness for the amazing work of our higher education institutions to provide an inclusive environment on campus, the NCWIT Aspire IT program and NCWIT-WI collegiate level award programs, and

  • celebrate the support of our industry partners who are committed to support aspiring female technologists and provide an inclusive and empowering work environment for women in tech.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions/concerns.  


NCWIT Aspirations Program Information


Wisconsin Members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance


The following 13 Wisconsin post-secondary institutions are registered members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance.  As members, they are committed to providing an inclusive culture and environment for women in computing and related disciplines on campus and through their K-12 Outreach programs to support the next generation of female technologists. Thank you very much for your efforts. Please refer to the link associated with each alliance member name and/or their related flyer to better understand the options available women in technology at each campus.

Alverno College (flyer)
Carthage College
Gateway Technical College
Marquette University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
*Milwaukee School of Engineering (flyer)
*UW-Madison (flyer)
*UW-Milwaukee (*CEAS-CS (flyer) , Data Science Institute (flyer), *SOIS (flyer))
UW-Stout (flyer)
Waukesha County Technical College (flyer)
= institution provides scholarships to some/all NCWIT honorees
       Contact NCWIT-WI@gmail.com for details


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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. There are two submission rounds each year with deadlines March 15 and October 1 and program notification one month later. Please see this page for more detail on timelines.

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

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


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)

10/1/2020 AspireIT application deadline for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 grants

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

2/5/21: Wisconsin AiC HS award winners & honorable mentions notified

2/5/21: Wisconsin AiC Educator Award selections

3/15/21:  Aspire IT Application period for grants for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 closes


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 (ncwit.wi@gmail.com)


Vice Chair:

Cheryl Nowak - TAPCO



AiC Applications and Review Process

Natalie Peters - IT Consultant

Joe Kmoch - JK Consulting


Aspirations In Computing Awards Event

Cheryl Nowak - TAPCO (chair)

Sharon Skinner - Alverno College 

Sharyn Warren - Alverno College 


Academic Engagement - Collegiate

Laura Schmidt - Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition


Academic Engagement - K-12

Molly Schuld - Northwestern Mutual


Academic Engagement - AspireIT

Tina Gleason - Golda Meir School



Mary Acuna - UW-Whitewater

Dele Ojelabi - Comcentia


Marketing and Digital Presence

Steven Hartl - PDS Inc

Amy Koroll - PDS Inc

John Miller - PDS Inc

Shalisha Porter - MATC student



Christine Gay - Adocate Aurora Health Care


Alumni Engagement

Rachael Wiley - Guardian Software Systems/WCTC student


At Large Directors:

Doris Dix - Northwestern Mutual

* 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: 6/26/2020:jk:11:30am CT