The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
Recipients receive two engraved awards: one for her, and one for her school's trophy case. They also receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities provided by NCWIT member organizations.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local award competition to generate support and visibility for young women's participation in computing around the country. 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.
Applications are accepted from September 1 - October 26, 2015. National Award recipients (winners and runners-up) are notified in mid December and Affiliate Award recipients (winners and runners-up by region, as applicable). The National Award winners event is in March 2016 and Affiliate Award events take place around the country January through May.
To apply, girls must register online. Click here to begin registration. You can register anytime and will be notified when applications open. Preview the application in English or in Spanish. 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 see our FAQ page.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to all high school girls residing in the US and you may re-apply each year. You may only receive the National award once.