Honoring young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests

The National and Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients will be selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Minnesota Aspirations Award applicants will automatically be entered into the national NCWIT Aspirations Award competition.

Apply online

Application period ... Sept. 1 - Nov. 9, 2017

Step 1: Visit the NCWIT website.

Step 2: Create a User Profile.

Step 3: Log in and apply.

It starts with winners and parents attending an awards banquet…..and ends with honorees walking out the door with numerous mentors to help guide their technology education and career aspirations.


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Who may apply?

We encourage young women enrolled in Minnesota schools in grades 9-12 to apply.

Note:  If in doubt about your readiness to be recognized, simply apply. You may be surprised with the outcome!  All applicants are eligible, and will be invited to participate, in a variety of technology activities offered in the months ahead.

Why Apply?

This award celebrates and recognizes your leadership ability and academic history, along with your computer-related interests, aspirations and achievements. Aside from the scholarships and prizes, winning this award can be a life-transforming experience.

Additional Prizes

Award Recipients are eligible for additional prizes, including Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) scholarships, tech devices, cash rewards, job shadowing opportunities and the grand prize … a paid summer IT internship at a Minnesota company or organization.


2017-18 Award Application Dates to Remember:

We are excited to announce these key dates for the upcoming season:

  • September 1, 2017: Aspirations in Computing High School & Educator Applications Open.
  • November 9, 2017: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Close.

Help inspire the next generation of women technologists.
Become an Aspirations in Computing Award Program sponsor.

Learn more about sponsor opportunities, including donating prizes, sponsoring/hosting the awards event, providing job-shadowing and mentorship opportunities to award recipients, and more.