Award Honoring Girls’ Computing-Related Achievements
The National Center for Women and Information Technology sponsors the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), which honors ninth- through twelfth-grade girls and women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for postsecondary education. The multi-tiered award structure includes the designations of Winner, Honorable Mention, Rising Star, and Certificate of Distinction at the National and Regional Affiliate levels. Prizes include computing resources, gadgets, swag, and more, which vary by award designation. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Deadline: 8:00 p.m. (MT) on November 5, 2019, for applications
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