Guide to Preparing Your Application

Congratulations!  We are SO excited you are applying for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing!  

You can always ask us any questions you have about the application process or the application questions themselves.  We are happy to help!

  • email us: aichelp@ncwit.org
  • call us: (970) 670-7545
  • use the "Support" button on the right side of all the web pages

 

Things to know and information to have handy when completing your application:

Your Profile

  • To apply, you will need to first create a user profile on aspirations.org

    • You will need to list your home address, phone number, and zip code

    • You will also need to create a memorable password for your account

  • The user profile will allow you to

    • log in and edit your application (including saving and coming back later)

    • check the status of the application and your required parent approval and endorsement

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𐄂Whether you have immediate family members who are on Staff or a Board member of NCWIT - which disqualifies you :(

 

𐄂Working e-mail address that you check on a regular basis!

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𐄂Name and email address of your parent/guardian

  • Must be different from the email that you list for yourself, and should be one that is checked regularly

  • You should inform your parent or guardian that you are applying for this award

  • They will receive an email with instructions to view and endorse your application

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𐄂Your school’s name and county

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𐄂First and last name, and email address of a person who can "endorse" your application.

  • Can be a Teacher, Counselor, Principal or other school official or a robotics Coach or similar non-school adult - that knows you and your work and accomplishments in computing

  • The person you list should be made aware that you are using them as a reference

  • It is also usually best to first ask their permission to use them as a reference.

  • They will receive an email with instructions to view and endorse your application.

 

Preparing Your Application

The application is divided into 10 sections.  You will need to complete all 10 sections before you can submit your application for the award.

1. Personal Information

  • This section asks for your name and address

2. Additional Information

  • This section asks for your GPA

3. Access to Computing/Technology

  • This section asks about your access to technology and computing at home and school

4. Experience with Technology

  • This section is divided into 4 short answer questions (250 words or less) about your experience with technology

  • Read through all questions before beginning

  • The questions are

    • Please describe what sparked your interest in computing and technology AND WHY (for example: course(s) you have taken; family member influence; after-school program; etc.).
    • Please describe your typical experiences with technology and how you use it to further your knowledge of computing. This is your time to shine – tell us what you have been doing and be sure to give us specific details on your skills.
    • Please describe ways in which you have SHOWN LEADERSHIP in your school and/or your community in relation to promoting and sharing your knowledge of computing and technology.
    • Optional: If you have examples demonstrating your efforts and experience that you would like to share with us - such as a personal website, portfolio of Tech work, or video demonstration - please provide link(s) to the content. (URLs only; no uploads permitted)

5. Activities

  • This section asks you to rate your level of involvement (none, some participation, or a lot of participation) in a list of Curricular, Co-curricular and Extracurricular activities

    • The list includes items such as computing/technology classes, clubs, or other extra-curricular programs or activities such as Girl Scouts, 4H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc.

6. Future Plans

  • This section asks about your plans or ideas for after high school.

  • It is divided into two essay questions:

    • Please describe HOW you would like computing and technology TO BE A PART OF your career goals.

    • Please describe a problem that you would like TO SOLVE using technology and explain HOW you would solve it (this could be a social problem, a technical problem, a local problem, a world problem, etc.).

  • This section also asks what you are considering for your college degree choice

7. Interactive Multimedia

 NOTE: These questions are required but are for research purposes only and are not scored

  • This section asks you to rate your level of experience (no experience, some experience, or a lot of experience) with interactive multimedia products such as web design, game design, multimedia design, mobile app development, etc.

8. Programming

NOTE: These questions are required but are for research purposes only and are not scored

  • This section asks you to rate your level of experience (no experience, some experience, or a lot of experience) with programming platforms such as robotics, coding, graphics, database design, etc.

9. Hardware / Networking / System Operations

NOTE: These questions are required but are for research purposes only and are not scored

  • This section asks you to rate your level of experience (no experience, some experience, or a lot of experience) with hardware/networking/system operations activities such as computer maintenance, software installation, server support, network support, cyber security, etc.

10. Terms Privacy & Policy

  • This section asks you to review and acknowledge the terms & conditions for the NCWIT Aspirations award.

 

Additional Tips for Preparing Your Application

  • Don’t struggle; ask for help.

    • Reach out to a teacher, friend, parent, or us here at NCWIT for any questions or guidance on the application process

  • Use specific examples to illustrate your experience/points you are writing about

  • Proofread your work

    • Take a minute to check your work before submitting your application

    • You have the option to save your work and complete your application later if you are not ready or need more time to submit (before the deadline)

  • Ask someone else to proofread your work

    • Successful writers always ask for proofreading help.  Ask someone to proofread your essay question answers to check for spelling, grammar, or other typos that will distract reviewers from "hearing" you.