clip_image002 I really like this award program so I am happy to promote it on my blog. The following is from the official announcement. I strongly encourage you to share this opportunity with high school women and with teachers who may be able to suggest it to their students.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. 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 national and local "affiliate" competitions 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!

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

Affiliate Award-winners receive an engraved award for their home and school, and a range of great prizes from local sponsors. Visit Find a Competition to see details.

Young women in grades 9-12 interested in computing and technology are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, October 15, 2010. Check out the Preparing Your Application guide to learn more about the application process and information needed. Instructions are also available in Spanish! 

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you so much for helping us spread the word about this exciting competition and opportunity for our young women interested in technology!

If you have any questions, please contact us at aspirations@ncwit.org.