Girl Scouts Compute a Win!
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and sponsor Bank of America have announced the recipients of the 2013 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Since 2007, the award has recognized high school girls for their aspirations and achievements in computing and technology. And here’s the great news: Of the 35 winners selected, 10 are Girl Scouts!
More than 1,800 girls from all over the country applied to win the award, which includes prizes—$500 cash, a laptop computer, an engraved crystal award, and mentoring opportunities. Part of the application process asks girls to describe ways in which they show leadership in computing, school, and their community—a familiar theme for Girl Scouts taking a Senior or Ambassador Journey.
Many past award recipients are now in college, majoring or minoring in a science or technology field. Some have worked for Disney Research, built robotic prosthetics in a university lab, and interned at top tech companies. “Research tells us that girls often lose interest in math and science at the grade-school level, and that encouragement and support can have a huge impact on their career decisions,” says Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT. As one winner put it, “I was surprised that this award carried so much weight with the colleges I am interested in.”
The winners, including our Girl Scouts sisters (pictured above), were honored at a ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 9. If you’re interested in applying for next year’s award, click here.