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About Aspirations

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.