October 31st Deadline for Indiana NCWIT Aspirations Award

Tncwit_aspirationshe National Council for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) offers an annual award for Aspirations in Computing.  This award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of high school aged young women in the state of Indiana. Applications for this year’s award are due by October 31st, 2013. For more information, please see the press release below.

Indiana Regional Award Information

Award Purpose

The “NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing” acknowledges the computing achievements and aspirations of young women, and generates visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits.

Award Criteria

  • Applicants must be high-school level girls (grades 9-12)
  • Applicants must reside in the United States of America.
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in IT/computing.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Applicants should have good academic history, typically a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Applicants should have post-secondary education plans.
  • Students from underrepresented groups[1] and current juniors/seniors are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For tax purposes, each applicant must have a valid social security number or Tax ID number.

Indiana Award Components

Each qualified award recipients will receive:

  • $250 + scholarship offers from several Indiana universities
  • Plaque for herself and for her school
  • T-shirt
  • Gift bag
  • Honored at special award event

Indiana Affiliate Award Event Information

The Awards event will be held at OneAmerica Headquarters in Indianapolis in January, 2014

Indiana Sponsors

OneAmerica, Barnes and Thornburg, Bell Techlogix, Blackaud Indianapolis Fund, Bluefish Wireless, Chalklabs, CNO, Communication Products, Inc., Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Dennis and Melanie Groth, Google, John Deere, Liberty Mutal, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Pointbridge, Qualcomm, Society for Information Management, Vera Bradley, Women and Hi Tech, Butler University, DePauw University, Harrison College, Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana University – Southeast, IUPUI, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame

Award Process

  • Applicants must complete the online application, electronically sign the consent release and provide a name, email address and phone number for a parent/guardian and school official (teacher, counselor, etc.) to endorse the application.
  • Applications will be reviewed by committees of computing/education professionals who will recommend a slate of potential awardees; final selection will be made by the NCWIT Award Affiliate committee representatives at their sole discretion.
  • Affiliate Award selection will be made by the Affiliate Award committees in each respective designated area.
  • Endorsing schools will be encouraged to advertise the Award and recognize the students in their school and parent community (through newsletters, for example, or award ceremonies). A publicity kit will be provided to the schools of the award recipients.
  • Each applicant and her parent/legal guardian must electronically sign a release form indicating support of the student’s consideration for the Award and consent to use the student’s likeness and information in press-related materials, including print collateral, video, and media articles.
  • Awardees and their parents/legal guardians must sign a hard-copy release to participate in the award event.

Complete application materials and details are available at www.ncwit.org/award. Look for the Indiana regional award site for more details.

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59PM ET on October 31, 2013. Parent/guardian and school online endorsement must be completed by 11:59PM ET on November 9, 2013.

Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered. Award selection notification will be made by approximately 4-6 weeks from the application deadline.

Hear what are the winners are saying about the competition http://vimeo.com/66821905

2013 Indiana Aspirations Award Winner


Front row – P. Gandh, New Albany Senior HS; H. Studdard, Rochester Community HS; C. Miller, Floyd Central Jr.-Sr. HS; D. Williams, West Lafayette Jr.-Sr. HS; K. Fillingsness, Hamilton Southeastern HS; J. Park, Homestead Senior HS  Back row – S. Spartz, Park Tudor School; D. Green, New Albany Sr. HS; E. Burton, Knox Community HS; K. Federspiel, Brownsburg HS; M. Gross, Westfield HS; K. Lohman, North Posey Sr. HS; H. Ham, New Albany Sr. HS; E. Traxler, Penn HS; J. Stevenson, Penn HS; K. Percival Hamilton Southeastern HS  Not pictured – M. Rumreich, Lawrence North HS; M. Kelsey, Adams HS; H. Markovich, Munster HS; N. Khan, Homestead Sr. HS

2013 Educator Award Recipient


M. Johns (New Albany Senior HS)


[1] Groups underrepresented in computing include women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives,
Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.