NCWIT AWARD FOR ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING OPENS FOR COMPETITION

September 13, 2010

Award Seeks to Recognize High School Women with Tech Achievements and Aspirations

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America are now accepting applications for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage more women to pursue computing and technology careers, introduce young women to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s contributions. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a national competition open to any U.S. high-school-level female in grades 9-12. Students can apply online at www.ncwit.org/award.

Winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing are selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing and technology, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Each national award-winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • A laptop computer
  • 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 her school
  • The opportunity to participate in a mentoring program supported by Bank of America associate volunteers

In addition to the national competition, NCWIT also has partnered with local organizations around the country to offer "Affiliate" Awards for Aspirations in Computing to young women in 18 states and Puerto Rico. These Affiliate Awards are sponsored by Microsoft, with additional support from Motorola and Google.

Applications for the Award for Aspirations in Computing must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM ET, October 15, 2010. Visit http://www.ncwit.org/award to apply or find out more.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical – our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “This award helps us recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

About the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of more than 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology (IT). Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.