The Ohio Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will honor New Albany High School seniors Kate Miller and Morgan Moroi, and junior Lauryn Woodyard for their “Aspirations in Computing.” The girls will receive awards during an afternoon ceremony on April 28 at TechColumbus. All three are members of the high school’s STEM Girls Club, which meets for a working lunch most Thursdays.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The award is just one part of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program, which provides young women with visibility, community, leadership opportunities, support, research and work experiences, scholarships, and internships. By encouraging their continued interest in computing and providing them with support from educational and corporate institutions and a community of their peers, the Aspirations in Computing program is building a talent pipeline of women primed to enter technology careers.
- The very first Award for Aspirations in Computing, held locally in Boulder, Colorado, recognized 8 young women from local high schools. Congressman Jared Polis officiated.
- Since 2007 the Award has recognized more than 1,100 young women, including more than 400 so far this year.
- The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is now a national competition with 30 local affiliate competitions serving Ohio and 27 other U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- The 35 national winners of the 2012 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing were selected from nearly 1,200 applications representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several overseas U.S. military bases.
- More than 300 partners and local sponsors help to support the Aspirations affiliate program with prizes, event planning, and volunteers; 27 academic institutions currently provide scholarships to Award-winners.
- More than 88% of award recipients now in college report majoring in a male-dominated STEM field.