NCWIT AWARD FOR ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING COMPETITION NOW OPEN - Award Recognizes High School Women for Tech Achievements and Aspirations

October 14, 2009

(BUSINESS WIRE) - As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose computing careers, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is seeking applications from young women for its NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Competition for the 2010 Award is open to any U.S. high school-level female (grades 9-12). Applications must be submitted online at www.ncwit.org/award no later than 11:59 PM on November 15, 2009.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits. Award-winners are selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Bank of America sponsors the national Award for Aspirations in Computing. Each national award winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • A laptop computer
  • An engraved award for both the student and the student’s school
  • The opportunity to participate in a mentoring program supported by Bank of America associate volunteers

“Technology innovation is a key component of Bank of America's business strategies,” said Chief Technology Officer Marc Gordon. “We believe that investing in our communities is critical to our success. This partnership with NCWIT is one way we support our communities by nurturing tomorrow's technology innovators.”

With support from the Motorola Foundation’s Innovation Generation grant program, NCWIT also is piloting local Affiliate Award programs, currently available to young women in Florida, Texas, and Illinois. Applicants in these states automatically will be entered into both the Affiliate and National award pools. Affiliate award packages will vary by state.

"Motorola is proud to sponsor the Affiliate program of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. These young women represent a rich source of future talent in technology and computing, and the Affiliate Award will be key in encouraging their continued interest and engagement in technology," said Eileen Sweeney, Director of the Motorola Foundation.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Motorola Foundation

The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. The Motorola Foundation’s Innovation Generation grants support programs that engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to build the confidence and skills they need for success both now and in the long-term. For more information, on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorola.com/giving.

National Center for Women & Information Technology

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of over 180 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. NCWIT members include ACM, Anita Borg Institute, AT&T, Avaya, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Catalyst, Carnegie Mellon, CRA, Dillard University, Girl Scouts of the USA, Georgia Tech, Girls Inc., Google, Harvey Mudd, HP, Indiana University, Intel, ISTE, Kauffman Foundation, Medco, MIT, Microsoft, Motorola, University of Texas at El Paso, Pfizer, Princeton, Qualcomm, Society of Women Engineers, Spelman College, Stanford University, University of Colorado, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Irvine, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Wal-Mart, Zynga, and many more. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.