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High School Award

NCWIT AiC changes what’s possible for women in technology from K-12 through career by offering the kind of encouragement that combats isolation, enables long-term persistence, opens doors, and changes lives. AiC recognizes and celebrates women’s technical aspirations and abilities, as well as the educators who support them (AiC Award Recognitions); and, provides an expansive, supportive network (AiC Community).

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Who Can Apply?

The Award for AiC honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 18,000 students have received an Award for Ai.

Students can apply online, beginning September 1st and submit a completed application by the early deadline by 10:59 p.m. (CT) on October 20, 2022.

Benefits to a Career in a Computing Career

  • A Computing Career Offers Job Security, High Salaries, and Meaningful Work
  • For someone choosing to study computing now, the prospect of finding a job in the field is extremely good. By 2026, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts 3.5 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. However, far too few people are being trained to fill those jobs.
  • Compared to other major occupational groups, computing tends to pay very well. The median annual pay for computing occupations is approximately $76,000 a year, more than for any other occupational group, except management.
  • Technology professionals work on creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions. They are at the forefront of solving health problems, improving the environment, keeping us connected, and more.

Looking for Application Guidance?

The application includes four short essays and multiple-choice sections.

For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit the FAQ page.

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