FAQs

Account Registration

  • Which account type should I choose?
    • High School Student: select this option if you are 13 or older, in 9th through 12th grade, and applying for for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Award recipients have exclusive access to opportunities, such as jobs and scholarships, from NCWIT members.
    • College Studentselect this option if you are a college student and would like to manage AspireIT Programs. To register for the Aspirations in Computing Community, or to apply for the NCWIT Collegiate Award please visit college.aspirations.org. You may login using the same email and password.
    • Educatorselect this option if you are an educator who is endorsing one or more student applications for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and/or applying for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.
    • Affiliate Team Member: select this option if you are a team member of an Aspirations Affiliate Community and will be helping with the Aspirations application season, local award ceremony, and other logistics.
    • Coordinatorselect this option if you manage an Aspirations Regional Affiliate team (requires administrator approval).
    • Reviewerselect this option if you are volunteering to complete reviews for any of the Aspirations in Computing awards or programs, including the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, the Collegiate Award, and AspireIT programs.

High School Students

  • How do I apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing? Follow the instructions in the Application Step-by-Step Guide to create an account and begin an application.
  • When can I apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing? The application season begins at 12:00 p.m. EDT on September 1, 2017 and goes until 11:59 p.m. HST Monday, November 6, 2017 (4:59 a.m. EST Tuesday, November 7) to submit applications. 
    • UPDATE: All applicants who have STARTED an Award application by the above deadline have until 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, November 10, 2017 to finish and SUBMIT the application.
    • Note that an APPLICATION must be started by the original deadline, not just setting up an account and a profile!
  • When is the parent/guardian approval and educator endorsement deadline? Parent/guardian approval of, and educator endorsement of, an application is required by: 11:59 p.m. HST Monday, November 13, 2017 (4:59 a.m. EST Tuesday, November 14).
  • How does my parent/guardian approve my participation in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program? When you create your account, your parent/guardian is notified via e-mail to approve your participation. Have your parent/guardian follow the Approval Step-by-Step guide to complete the approval process. You may resend the approval e-mail to your parent/guardian from your dashboard.
  • What if my parent/guardian does not have an email address? If your parent or guardian does not have an email address, they may download and follow the fax instructions. You may also upload the signed forms to your dashboard.
  • Who can endorse my application? The endorsement for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing can be completed by a formal or informal educator e.g., teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, professor, supervisor, etc. The endorser is not restricted only to your CS teacher(s); it can be anyone who is familiar with your computing experience, achievements and interest. If you are unsure if your endorser qualifies, please contact us at aichelp@ncwit.org or use the support widget.
  • How does my educator endorse my application? Upon submitting your application, your educator will receive an e-mail asking them to complete an endorsement for your application. Educators are required to have an account in order to complete an endorsement. Have your educator follow the Endorsement Step-by-Step guide to complete the endorsement. You may resend the endorsement e-mail from your dashboard after you have submitted your application.
  • Can I submit further information to support my application? Yes, there is an optional space in the application to provide links to further information such as a personal website or project portfolio. However once you have submitted your application, no new information can be added.
  • If I have applied in the past for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, can I apply again? Applicants may reapply each year; however, National Award winners are not eligible for additional honors. Regional Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.
  • When will I be notified of the results of my application? Notifications for the National Award are sent out in early January and notifications for the Regional Affiliate Award are sent by mid February, 2018. The award ceremonies take place from January through May of the following year.
  • How do I nominate a teacher for the NCWIT Educator Award? We do not have nominations, but we do have a form where you can encourage your teacher to apply for the award. 

Educators

  • How do I apply for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing EDUCATOR Award?
  • How do I endorse a student for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing? Please see the Endorsement Step-by-Step guide to complete an endorsement.
  • I didn't receive my endorsement e-mail for an application, can you resend it? Each student who submits an application has the ability to resend the endorsement e-mail from her dashboard.
    • >>> Please have that student log in and follow the on-screen instructions from her dashboard. 
    • Please note: many e-mail addresses from public education institutions, such as those ending in .k12.us, block e-mails from aspirations.org. Have your student use a different e-mail address for you if you continue to not receive e-mails from aspirations.org.
  • What is the deadline for me to endorse for my students? 
  • I have a student who I would like to nominate for the award. How do I do that? We do not have nominations, but we do have a form where you can encourage your student to apply for the award. Once your student has applied, they will select an educator endorser, and you will be able to add your comments about the student at that time.

Parents/Guardians

  • I didn't receive my approval e-mail, can you resend it? 
    • Each student who creates an account has the ability to resend the approval e-mail from her dashboard.
    • >>> Please have your daughter/ward log in and follow the on-screen instructions from her dashboard.
    • If you continue to not receive the approval e-mails, your daughter/ward may download the approval documents. Please sign those documents and have your daughter/ward upload them to her profile.
    • You may also fax the documents  to NCWIT at 303-735-6606, attention to Aspirations Award Approvals. 
    • Still stuck? Reach out to us at AiChelp@ncwit.org .
  • What is the deadline to approve my daughter's registration?