High School

Award for AiC LogoThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

Each local award 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 interested in computing.

Quote from Award RecipientApplications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing open September 1, 2016. 


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets both of the following criteria:

  • 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.

Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.


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 various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.

Additionally, each National Award winner receives $500 in cash from NCWIT. Bank of America also presents National Award winners with a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 5, 2016, and networking opportunities with Bank of America employees.

Application Details

To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration for future application information.

You may preview the application in English or in Spanish 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.

Bank of America requires paperwork, including a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information. Failure by National awardees and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork, book travel in the allotted time or attend the Bank of America showcase and ceremony may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder.
NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.
To the extent required by law, Bank of America will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099.
Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS.  Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.
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 award.

Note: Applicants may re-apply each year but can only receive the National award once.