Collegiate Award

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The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women of any year of study. Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.

Applications for the 2017 NCWIT Collegiate Award are now closed. View a list of selected recipients and their projects online.


A college woman may apply for the Collegiate Award if she meets the following criteria:

  • She is a member of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community.
  • She is currently enrolled as an undergraduate (at a two- or four-year institution) or a graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science* at an NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) member institution located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or on a U.S. overseas military base. (View the full list of AA member institutions.)
  • She resides in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen residing in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. overseas military base.
  • She has a valid U.S. Social Security or Tax Identification number.
  • She is 18 years of age or older at the time of application submission.
  • She has graduated from high school.
  • She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household).

*Related degree programs are considered at the sole discretion of NCWIT.

Past applicants and Honorable Mentions may reapply each year, but can only receive the Collegiate Award once.


Each Award Winner receives:

  • an engraved award
  • $10,000 in cash*
  • a trip to the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT, including a private networking reception and award ceremony
  • computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more

* Each Honorable Mention receives $2,500 in cash.

To the extent required by law, NCWIT will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the Award winner.

Application Details

Students may apply online beginning September 1, 2017 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on October 30, 2017 .

For more information regarding the Award Application, review the Application Guide

Additional Rules

  • Applicants must acknowledge all teammates involved with the project.
  • Applicants must be the sole creator of their application video.
  • NCWIT requires paperwork including an affidavit and IRS W9. Failure by Awardees to return required paperwork, book travel in the allotted time or attend the Award Ceremony may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder.
  • NCWIT provides round trip, domestic, economy class airfare, as well as lodging. NCWIT will not be responsible for airline change fees after the initial booking.

View past NCWIT Collegiate Award recipients here.