It’s almost the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of exciting announcements. After nearly three months of the application and review process, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected 35 national winners for the 2015 Award for Aspirations in Computing. The winners, who are listed below, were selected from a record 2,691 applicants, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military bases. Since 2007, NCWIT has honored more than 3,300 young women and is thrilled to welcome these future innovators into the Aspirations community. We are grateful to the teachers who endorsed their students, to the more than 1,000 volunteer reviewers who read through each application, and to national sponsor Bank of America. Bank of America’s commitment to recruiting and retaining more women in technology clearly shows through its partnership with NCWIT
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and encourages their continued interest in computing, but it is more than just an award. These young women become a support system for each other, regularly seeking advice, ideas, and direction from their peers. Aspirations in Computing is also a source of opportunities, including internships and jobs. Just ask Ivanna Gutierrez, a 2011 National Winner. “[Aspirations in Computing] has given me the opportunity to run two summer camps, intern with Bank of America as a developer for two summers, speak on behalf of NCWIT to the National Science Foundation, and be a keynote speaker at North Carolina State University for a computer science education conference,” she said. “I have made wonderful friends and have seen how girls and women can change the world with lines of code and passion for technology.”
The 2015 winners will be honored at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony on March 7, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each winner will also receive a $500 cash prize, laptop computer, and two engraved trophies -- one for her and one for her school.
In addition to these inspiring winners, NCWIT is proud to recognize 350 national runners-up, many of whom will also be selected as winners and runners-up at the local-level. These regional awards, sponsored by Microsoft, will be announced in early January, followed by various regional celebrations around the country. There are currently 62 regional affiliates; this year, we are excited to welcome Central Illinois, North Florida, and West Tennessee. You can follow NCWIT Aspirations in Computing on Facebook and Twitter for updates, photos, and links to the Aspirations blog.
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