NCWIT Student Seed Fund

NCWIT has supported student groups for women in computing for several years. Since 2011, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund has invested over $83,250 in more than 110 student-run programs for women in computing at non-profit, U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) Academic Alliance member institutions nationwide. Programs have included technology-related learning and advancement opportunities, including programming workshops, peer mentoring and support, professional training, after-school programs, and more. This fall, we are expanding the Student Seed Fund to offer tiered levels of awards to support the needs of Women in Computing (WIC) groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes.

Create and Expand ACM-W chapters on campus

Women in Computing (WIC) groups on campus can increase women’s confidence and enjoyment of their technical studies, help reduce feelings of isolation, dispel common myths and stereotypes, and empower students to actively recruit and mentor other women.

The NCWIT Student Seed Fund (sponsored by will offer an opportunity to create or expand ACM-W chapters on college and university campuses. Existing WIC groups are encouraged to affiliate as an ACM-W student chapter in order to be eligible for funding.

This year, funds will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Trailblazer Award (up to $15,000): Funding at this level is for well-developed groups with a history of institutional support that are interested in institution-wide projects such as funding large-scale events or academic course development.
  • Amplification Award (up to $5,000): Funding at this level is intended for existing groups interested in expanding their impact through existing and new programs on their campus and in their geographic region. Recipients of this funding will also have the opportunity to mentor an emerging WIC group at another institution.
  • Start-up Funding (up to $3,000): Students looking to start a new ACM-W chapter on campus can apply for funds to help launch their group.

Application Timeline

Applications are currently closed, and winners will be notified in early 2016.


  • Host institutions must be an NCWIT non-profit Academic Alliance member within the United States. Not an AA member? Click here to get started.
  • Student groups must either be an existing ACM-W student chapter or be interested in affiliating their WIC group as an ACM-W student chapter. Not an ACM-W student chapter? Click here to get started.

Past Student Seed Fund Winners and Sponsors

View Previous Winners

NCWIT would like to acknowledge past sponsors for the Student Seed Fund:

  • Symantec
  • ReturnPath

People Involved: 

Samantha Keltner

Student Seed Fund Manager
NCWIT Consultant

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Carolyn Granda

Project Team Co-leader

Blanca Polo

Project Team Co-leader

David Walter

Project Team Member