National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)
Each qualified national award winner will receive the following: a $500 cash award; a laptop computer (provided by Bank of America); an engraved award for both the student and the student's school; and a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Charlotte, NC, in March. The trip package includes airfare for non-local winners (those outside a 50-mile radius of the Charlotte, NC metro area), some meals, and lodging for each awardee and one accompanying parent/legal guardian. Please note: Past applicants, including semi-finalists, are encouraged to reapply; however, previous award winners are not eligible to reapply or receive any additional awards.
The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, there were 32 national winners.
Applicants must have demonstrated leadership ability. Students from underrepresented groups and current juniors/seniors are strongly encouraged to apply. Underrepresented groups in computing are persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In addition to the National Aspirations Award program, there will be Affiliate Award programs in fall in 19 states & Puerto Rico in order to recognize even more young women. The application period is the same, and young women in those states will automatically be entered into both the Affiliate and National competitions. Affiliate Award prize packages will vary. Award selection notification will be made by approximately Dec. 1.
Applications are available online on the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) website. Applications are accepted between Sep. 1 and Nov. 5. The application must be completed o ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.