SAN ANTONIO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Celebrating the accomplishments of females pursuing Information Technology (IT) roles is a goal of the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT). To help facilitate and encourage young women to embrace a career in technology, NCWIT annually awards the Aspirations in Computing Award to high school females (Grades 9-12). NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing builds a talent pool for the growing technical workforce and helps academic and corporate organizations celebrate diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.
In September 2013, NCWIT, SA Women in IT, Rackspace and Texas A&M University-San Antonio established the Alamo Area Aspirations Award to recognize female high school students in the San Antonio Area. The Alamo Area Community of NCWIT encompasses a wide region in Texas including the following counties: Aransas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Comal, Dewitt, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Goliad, Guadalupe, Hildago, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Real, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, Zapata and Zavala.
Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education in a computer-related discipline. All female high school students are encouraged to apply regardless of current level of technical/computer proficiency for both the national and area Aspirations Awards.
Barbara Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and chair of the SA Women in IT organization, stated, “Each and every day we see young women making a significant contribution in IT. We encourage all female students, from those just starting to explore their interest in technology to those who have a committed IT career path, to apply for the award. The Aspirations Award is not based primarily on accomplishments in IT, but rather celebrates a recipient that inspires other young females and exemplifies the characteristics and commitment required to succeed educationally and ultimately make an impact in an IT career.”
Educators such as teachers, technology specialists, counselors, and mentors play a pivotal role in addressing the shortage of young women in computing. In addition to the student competition, there is a secondary award for Educators who are making a major impact on these students at: https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators.
Award recipients will be recognized at an event to be held at Rackspace in the spring. Details surrounding the event will be released at a future date.
The application deadline for the Aspirations in Computing Award is October 31st. The application form may be accessed at https://www.aspirations.org/user/register/5. Preview the application in English or in Spanish.