Apply for the Aspirations in Computing Award!

Aspirations in Computing uses prestigious awards, scholarships, internships, and professional opportunities to amplify voices, build identity, reward persistence, and recognize fortitude as women increase their technical, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills.

Students in 9th-12th grade who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary can apply for the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) for their computing-related achievements and interests.

Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing. Students demonstrate this by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and their future plans.

Since the program’s inception over 600 students have been selected as Minnesota honorees; gaining access to paid internships, job shadow experiences, virtual mentor matches, skill building events, prizes, and much more!  In addition, Minnesota Aspirations Award applicants are automatically entered into the national NCWIT Aspirations Award competition.

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Who Should Apply?

Students enrolled in Minnesota schools in grades 9-12 who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.

Why Apply?

This award celebrates and recognizes your leadership ability and academic history, along with your computing-related interests, aspirations and achievements. Aside from access to internships, job shadow experiences, and mentor matches, as well as connections to employers and prizes, winning this award can be a life-transforming experience.

Additional Prizes

Award Recipients are eligible for additional prizes, including local and state media attention, cash rewards, and attendance at a Rising Star, Certificate of Distinction, or Top-Tier Honoree Ceremony.

Important Dates

September 1st: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Open.
November 6th: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Close.

In Doubt About Applying?

If in doubt about your readiness to be recognized, simply apply. You may be surprised with the outcome!

Keep in mind, all applicants are eligible and by applying you will be invited to participate in a variety of technology activities offered in the months ahead.

Support Aspirations

Want to support the Aspirations program? There are numerous ways to get involved and support students who identify as women, non-binary, and genderqueer.

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