Sunday, September 12, 2010

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. There are scores of young women participating in BDPA youth education programs all over the nation. My hope is that our BDPA chapter leaders will make a point of nominating their top female high school computer competition (HSCC) alumni for this award!

Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local "affiliate" competitions (including statewide in Ohio and locally in Cincinnati) to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.

PLEASE help us spread the word about this competition with any K-12 or groups who serve young high school women! As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) seeks to recognize high school women with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology through the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

National Award-winners receive:
  • $500 in cash
  • a laptop computer, provided by Bank of America
  • a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • an engraved award for both the student and the student's school
  • a range of great prizes from local sponsors.
You can find a location on the online map provided by NCWIT. Young women in grades 9-12 interested in computing and technology are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Applications open TODAY, Monday, September 13, 2010. Check out the Preparing Your Application guide to learn more about the application process and information needed. Instructions are also available in Spanish!

Will we have any BDPA student members applying for this award this year?

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