The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.
Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.
Each local Affiliate Award program taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance Members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women passionate about computing.
Applications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open.
Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:
- She is 13 years of age or older at time of account creation.
- She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
- She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
- 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).
Applicants may reapply each year, but can only receive the National Award once; Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.
Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an Award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.
Each National Award winner receives various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 3-5, 2017 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.
Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.
To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration.
Then, students can apply online beginning September 1, 2016 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 7, 2016.
You may preview the application in English before you get started. You may also want to review the application how-to guide. Parents can review the approval how-to guide as well. For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit our FAQ page.