BOULDER — The nonprofit National Center for Women & Information Technology in Boulder is accepting applications for two awards — the Award for Aspirations in Computing and the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.
Any U.S. high school woman with outstanding aptitude and interest in computing is eligible to apply for the Award for Aspirations in Computing, sponsored by Bank of America at the national level and Microsoft at the local level. Applications are open online through 6 p.m., Oct. 26.
Any U.S. high school educator who encourages women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits is eligible to apply for the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, sponsored by AT&T. Applications are open online through 6 p.m., Nov. 9.
Each award recipient receives recognition at an awards event and various prizes, including computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag and engraved awards. Recipients are granted exclusive online access, financially supported by Bloomberg, to a network of supporters and tech-related opportunities as encouragement to persist in computing education and careers.
“We know that a sense of belonging is a key persistence factor for young women who chose computing degrees and careers,” said Lucy Sanders, co-founder and chief executive of NCWIT. “Not only do these awards increase the visibility of young technical women and their educators, they also grant entry into an inclusive community of peers that support each other in advancing their innovative dreams.”
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a network of more than 650 universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing.