The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.
2020-21 Important Dates:
Sept. 1, 2020
Preliminary Round Applications Open
Oct. 15, 2020
Preliminary Round Application DEADLINE at 11:59PM ET
Oct. 21, 2020
Oct. 22 -
Nov. 22, 2020
Preliminary Round Application Reviews
Dec. 8, 2020
Finalist Round Applications Open
Jan. 22, 2021
Finalist Round Application DEADLINE at 11:59PM ET
Jan. 29, 2021
Letter of Recommendation DUE
Feb. 1 -
Feb. 26, 2021
Finalist Round Application Reviews
What YOU can do!
If you know someone who would make a great candidate, use this form so we can reach out to them to encourage them to apply.
Encourage former AiC Award recipients from high school to apply for the Collegiate Award.
Share the opportunity
Use our sharing package for drafted language to share with your network.
Look for local Academic Alliance institutions in your Affiliate to connect and spread the word.
Work with student chapters at academic institutions to promote the collegiate award. Generally, connecting with the faculty advisor is most useful since student leadership changes annually. Examples are:
Regional Celebrations of Women in Computing
Volunteer to Review Applications
Share the volunteer opportunity with colleagues who have a technical background to review collegiate applications.
PLEASE NOTE THAT COLLEGIATE AWARD FINALISTS ARE NOT COLLEGIATE AWARD WINNERS OR RECIPIENTS. WE WILL NOT KNOW WHO OF THE FINALISTS ARE AWARD RECIPIENTS UNTIL LATE MARCH 2021.
The Collegiate Award is conducted in two rounds, a Preliminary Round and a Finalist Round. To qualify as a Collegiate Award Finalist, applicants are selected from the Preliminary Round and invited to participate in the Finalist Round.
Finalists will be recognized at their university/institution either through an event or a press release, depending on the institution.
NCWIT will mail Finalists their prizes:
$150 Electronic Visa Gift Card
A Finalist Certificate
Collegiate Finalists make excellent speakers and panelists for Affiliate Events! We highly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to invite local Collegiate Finalists to speak at your Affiliate Event to inspire high school students to pursue future opportunities in the field of tech and computing.
From the Finalist Round, eighteen Finalists will be selected as Collegiate Award Recipients.
Collegiate Award Winners will win a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to NCWIT’s Summit on Women & IT where they will be recognized for their achievements.
Collegiate Award Honorable Mentions will win a $2,500 cash prize and a trip to NCWIT’s Summit on Women & IT where they will be recognized for their achievements.
Applicants are college students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.
Applicants must be a member of the AiC Community. Meaning, they must have either won an AiC Award in high school or attend a NCWIT Academic Alliance institution.
Students at community colleges, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.
Applicants must currently be pursuing a major or minor in computer science, engineering, or related technical field.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or meet the requirements of the green card test or the substantial presence test and must currently reside in one of the 50 states in the U.S., Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Please see the full eligibility requirements.
The NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Qualcomm and Amazon with additional support from Palo Alto Networks.