NCWIT is pleased to announce that the Award for Aspirations in Computing is now accepting high school students’ applications! Help us spread the word to your students and grow this amazing community for women in tech!

The Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) recognizes students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary in grades 9-12 for their passion in computing and tech and connects them to a community of like-minded individuals who care and are taking action to see the next generation succeed. Regional Winners and Honorable Mentions will be recognized at your local NCWIT Ceremony with prizes, trophies, and some amazing speakers. National Award Winners receive cash and a trip to the National Award Celebration in March 2020, hosted by Bank of America.
Each application requires an educator endorsement - so you play a key role in encouraging your students to apply and then endorsing their application. Fill out this form and NCWIT will email your student and encourage them to apply.
  • For students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary in grades 9-12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, at any and all skill levels
  • Application deadline is November 5th, 2019
  • Register for upcoming Application Q&A live-video chats with an AiC Team Member
  • Encourage a high school student to apply
Winning the Award for AiC has numerous impacts on young women. Many 2018 AiC Award recipients (61%) reported feeling more confident and encouraged in their technical abilities. They reported being confident in their abilities to pursue a career in computer science. One young woman wrote “[I am more…] confident, assertive and willing to try new things in the field of computing.” As an educator, you play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of technologists. When asked about their motivation to apply for the award, 65% of respondents named outside encouragement to apply. When asked about who most influenced the award recipient to apply, 62% of respondents named Teachers/Educators.