AiC Educator Award LogoThe NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) publicly celebrates educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of women in computing.

Quote from EducatorApplications for the 2017 Aspirations in Computing Educator Award open on September 1, 2016.


Any teacher, counselor, administrator, mentor, or other influencer who supports high school women’s passion for computing and technology is welcome to apply if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Applicant 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.
  • Applicant has a valid U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • Applicant has endorsed a completed1 Award for Aspirations in Computing application (for high school women) from the 2016-2017 season. Endorsements must be completed by November 14, 2016.


Each Educator Award recipient receives:

  • up to $1,000 in cash for participation in computing-related professional development activities
  • recognition at a local Aspirations Award event and increased visibility in his or her school district and community
  • NCWIT resources and promotional items
  • an engraved award for both the Educator and his or her school

Application Details

Educators can apply online beginning September 1 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 28, 2016.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the online application form.
  • Each applicant must electronically sign a release form indicating support of the applicant’s consideration for the Award and consent to use the applicant’s likeness and information in press-related materials, including print collateral, video, and media articles.
  • Applications are reviewed by technology and education professionals who recommend a slate of award recipients; final selection of the Award winners is made by NCWIT staff and NCWIT Alliance member representatives at their sole discretion.
  • Prior to November 14, 2016, educators must also endorse a high school woman for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. To complete an endorsement, please see this Step-by-Step Guide.

Past Educator Award winners are eligible to apply again.

Immediate family (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household) of employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT are prohibited from receiving the NCWIT Educator Award.

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

All application materials and related materials become the property of NCWIT; they cannot be released for other purposes and will not be returned. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered. Award selection and notification will be made by February 7, 2017.