Honoring Young Women in High School

Aspirations AwardThe following post was written by IT-oLogy Charlotte Executive Director, Kay Read.

Applications are now open for the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) annual Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT offers both a national and local award competition to generate support and visibility for young women’s participation in computing around the country. Young women in high school are honored for their computing-related achievements and interests.

One of the annual programs of IT-oLogy WISE (Women and IT Science & Engineering) is hosting the local North Carolina NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing celebration. WISE taps into the regional network of businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and startups to build a community of support for young women interested in computing.

The Aspirations award recipient selection is based on 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, opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities provided by NCWIT member organizations.

To apply, girls must register online https://www.aspirations.org/user/register/5. Registration ends November 2, 2014. 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.

Award recipients are notified in mid December and award events take place around the country January through May. WISE plans the North Carolina celebration in April 2015.

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