National Women & IT Organization Accepting Applications for Computing Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its Rhode Island affiliates, Roger Williams University and Tech Collective, announce a call for applications for the 2014 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The application deadline is November 2, 2014.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their outstanding capacity and interest in computing and technology, proven leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

“Since introducing this program, eight truly talented young Rhode Island women have been recognized for their achievements and have been offered the encouragement and support to further pursue their computing and technology interests,” said JoAnn Johnson, manager of youth and education programs at Tech Collective and co-chair of the NCWIT RI affiliate. “We are very much looking forward to this year as we continue to promote careers in computer science, dispel gender stereotypes, and provide lasting opportunities to Rhode Island students.”

The Awards are part of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program, a nationwide talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology by providing structured, long-term engagement and support from middle school through the workforce. Awards are offered at both national and local competition levels. The Rhode Island NCWIT affiliate was formed in 2011; this is the third year the awards have been made available at the local award level in Rhode Island.

Young women attending Rhode Island high schools and career and tech centers can apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing online through November 2, 2014 at


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT convenes change leaders and equips them with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more

About RWU
Roger Williams University, located in Bristol, R.I., is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning.

Offering 43 majors and a plethora of co-curricular activities as well as study abroad options, RWU is dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of core values, the pursuit of affordable excellence and to providing a relevant, world-class education above all else. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review. Learn more at

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: the Tech10 awards, the Rhode Island Bioscience Awards, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).

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