Apply Today For The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award

This award honors high school students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests.

Award recipients are selected based on computing and I.T. aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Since the program’s inception over 600 students have been selected as Minnesota honorees; gaining access to paid internships, job shadow experiences, virtual mentor matches, skill building events, prizes, and much more!  In addition, Minnesota Aspirations Award applicants are automatically entered into the national NCWIT Aspirations Award competition.

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Who may apply?

Students enrolled in Minnesota schools in grades 9-12 who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.

Why Apply?

This award celebrates and recognizes your leadership ability and academic history, along with your computing-related interests, aspirations and achievements. Aside from access to internships, job shadow experiences, and mentor matches, as well as connections to employers and prizes, winning this award can be a life-transforming experience.

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Additional Prizes

Award Recipients are eligible for additional prizes, including local and state media attention, cash rewards, and attendance at a Rising Star, Certificate of Distinction, or Top-Tier Honoree Ceremony.


Award Application Dates to Be Aware Of:

  • Beginning of September: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Open.
  • End of October: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Close.

What should I include on my application?

  • Preview the application before applying
  • Review this file to help you gather all of the information you will need to complete your award application.

***Note:  If in doubt about your readiness to be recognized, simply apply. You may be surprised with the outcome!

Keep in mind, all applicants are eligible and by applying you will be invited to participate in a variety of technology activities offered in the months ahead.

Want More Information?

2022 Aspirations Award

Honorees & Information

Watch the 2022 Virtual Ceremony


Help inspire the next generation of technologists.
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Learn more about sponsor opportunities, including donating prizes, hosting special events,  providing job shadow, mentor, and internship opportunities to award recipients, and more.