NCWIT’s (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing is now open for applications to any US high school woman with computing aspirations. Recipients will be chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.
National Award recipients will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony, an engraved plaque, and networking opportunities. All award recipients will receive recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer community of technical young woman and various other prizes. Recognition is sponsored at the national level by Bank of America and at the local level by Microsoft.
“This award is a huge stepping stone,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “The recognition and visibility that these young women receive lead to educational and workforce opportunities in technology, encouraging them to persist in one of the fastest-growing and most stable fields. We are excited to support these young women as they continue on their paths to success.”
Encouraging female students is a driving factor to how likely they are to complete a computing major/minor and to choose a computing career. NCWIT’s award has encouraged thousands of young women since its inception in 2007. More than 13,000 young women have self-identified as interested in computing and technology, and 83% of participants now in college report a major or minor in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.
Students can apply online at www.bit.ly/AiCHSAward through November 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.