Frequently Asked Questions

College Students

  • How do I apply for the NCWIT Collegiate Award? Follow the instructions in the Application Guide to update your profile or register for an Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community membership and begin an application.

  • When can I apply for the NCWIT Collegiate Award? The application season begins on September 1, 2018 and goes until October 15, 2018. If you are selected as a Finalist, applications open Friday, December 10, 2018 and close Friday, January 18, 2019.

  • Is there a parent/guardian approval process? Any qualifying female college student (must have graduated high school/earned a GED) over the age of 17 may register for an AiC Community membership without parent/guardian approval. Any qualifying female college student (must have graduated high school/earned a GED) under the age of 18 may register for an AiC Community membership with parent/guardian approval.

  • To be eligible for the NCWIT Collegiate Award, a student MUST be 18 or older by May 1 of the following year (in this case, 2019).

  • What is the endorsement deadline for the Preliminary application? The professor/manager endorsement deadline is October 22, 2018; The Letter of Recommendation deadline for the Finalist application is Friday, January 25, 2019.

  • How does my professor/manager submit the endorsement or letter of recommendation? Upon saving or submitting your application, your professor/manager receives an email asking them to complete an endorsement for your application. If you are selected as a Finalist, the same process exists for your recommender as for the endorser.

  • Can I submit further information to support my application? Unfortunately, we cannot accept supporting materials for applications other than what is required unless you are selected as a Finalist.

  • If I have already won an NCWIT Collegiate Award, may I apply again? Previous Collegiate Award winners are not eligible, but Collegiate Award Honorable Mentions are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  • Do I have to present to win? Awardees are expected to participate in the NCWIT Collegiate Award Ceremony at the annual NCWIT Summit in May, but Award recipients are not required to be present to win. Acknowledgment of travel and affirmation of acceptance at time of Award notification is required.

Professors/Managers

  • I didn't receive my endorsement/recommendation email for an application, can you resend it? Please email aichelp@ncwit.org if you did not receive your endorsement/recommendation email. Please note: many email addresses from public education institutions, such as those ending in .k12.us, block emails from college.aspirations.org. Using a different email address may allow the recommendation email through spam filters.

  • How do I complete the endorsement/recommendation for my student's application? Click on the link you received in your endorsement/recommendation email. You will be taken to a form where you will fill in your information and complete the endorsement or upload the letter of recommendation. Once you save the form and/or submit the letter of recommendation, your endorsement/recommendation will be complete.

  • What is the endorsement deadline for the Preliminary application? The professor/manager endorsement deadline is October 22, 2018; The Letter of Recommendation deadline for the Finalist application is Friday, January 25, 2019.

  • I have a student I would like to nominate for the Award, how do I do that? We do not have nominations, but we do have a form where you can encourage a student to apply for the Award. Once your student has applied, she selects someone to write an endorsement and/or recommendation for her.