Aspirations in Computing Awards apply before October 26

Aspirations in Computing Award

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

The National Center for Women in Information Technology offers an annual award for young women with Aspirations in Computing. High school women (grades 9-12) can apply for both local and national awards. Winners become part of a nation-wide community of women in STEM, put take home fun prizes from sponsors.

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Lovin’ Scoopful 2014 Lovin’ Award

LovinScoopful“The Lovin’ Award celebrates young people who embody strength in character, leadership and compassion for those with different abilities,” states Lovin’ Scoopful co-founder Maria Shriver. “We are excited about the Lovin’ Award that honors young men and women who foster understanding and respect and set an inspiring example for us all.”

Nominations for the Lovin’ Award, will be accepted through May 1, 2014. Nominations can come from family, teachers, or representatives from Special Olympics for students 8-18 who exemplify the values of character, respect, inclusion and acceptance of students with disabilities. 4 regional winners from the West Coat, Mid-Atlantic,  South, and New England will win:

  • Certificates for a two month supply of Lovin’ Scoopful ice cream
  • Feature on the Lovin’ Scoopful blog, Facebook and Twitter pages
  • Letter of commendation from Maria Shriver
  • The opportunity to compose a blog posting about their chosen nonprofit
  • $250 donation for their chosen nonprofit organization
  • Lovin’ Scoopful logo gifts (based on availability)

One national winner will also receive:

  • Engraved award
  • Year supply of Lovin’ Scoopful ice cream certificates
  • $100 gift card
  • The opportunity to compose multiple blog postings throughout the year about their chosen nonprofit
  • $500 donation for their chosen nonprofit organization


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Aspirations in Computing Awards for Girls Applications due October 31, 2013

Aspirations in Computing Awards are a program of the National Center for Women in Information Technology. These awards are meant to encourage young women who have an interest and aptitude in computing. Local and national winners receive recognition and prizes but more importantly they make close connections with industry professionals who will encourage them and support them in their future goals.

Applications are due October 31, 2013. Students will need their parents to register online and a recommendation from a mentor.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients receive cool prizes and gadgets, as well as access to scholarships, internships, and a community of like-minded, technical young women. Girls at all levels are encouraged to apply: we recognize aspirations as well as accomplishments!


The Award is open to any U.S. high-school female (grades 9-12). Applications are being accepted now through 11:59 PM ET on October 31, 2013.


  • National Award Winners receive:
  • $500 in cash
  • a laptop computer
  • a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 15, 2014
  • an engraved Award for both the student and her school
  • networking opportunities with Bank of America employees

Prizes for the local Affiliate Award programs vary. Visit for details.

Youth Community Action Grants 2013

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Youth under age 21 with a great idea to build community in Portland, Oregon may now apply for the 2013 Youth Community Action Grants. These grants are available for community-based projects that support and enhance the vision of Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth.   This document was adopted by youth in 2005 2006 and adopted by both the Portland City Council (2006) and Multnomah County Commission (2007) to help leaders understand the priorities of constituents under the age of 21.  Youth Action Grants were created to help put Our Bill of Rights: Children and Youth into action. Activities should support at least one of the articles of the Bill of Rights, should involve as many youth and community members as possible, and also result in strong partnerships between youth and adults.

Here is a great recap of the process and award ceremony from one of last year’s Youth Action Grant Recipients, the Oregon PartnershipYouth Advisory Council. Mayor Sam Adams created a video highlighting the 2012 winners.

Grants will be given in amounts up to $1,000 until a total of $10,000 has been granted.  Applications are due, via email, by February 21, 2013.

Questions can be sent to or 971-722-4361.

A series of application workshops will be held to help grant applicants learn more about what makes a successful grant application.


  • Place: Portland Community College Southeast Campus
  • 2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland, OR 97216
  • Room: Tabor 137
  • Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


  • Place: Portland Community College Cascade Campus
  • 705 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217
  • Room: Terrell Hall 124
  • Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


  • Place: Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
  • 12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland, OR 97219
  • Room: CC 204B
  • Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

Application packet (pdf)

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Nestle Very Best in Youth Award Due November 8, 2012

Nestle’s Very Best in Youth contest recognizes young people with big dreams to change the world and create great things in their communities.  Nestle will donate $1000 to the charity of the winners’ choice as well as pay for a fun-filled weekend trip to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony.  Applications are due November 8, 2012 and include essay questions, two letters of recommendations, school transcripts and parent/legal guardian consent form.

Even if you don’t win an award or you don’t get your application in on time, you can still apply for up to $1000 grant for your favorite charity:

All eligible applicants of the Nestlé Very Best In Youth contest are automatically members of the Nestlé Very Best In Youth Foundation. Members up to the age of 22 can apply to enhance their community service projects through grants up to $1,000.

Grant applications are reviewed at least once a year and selected by a committee of advisory board members made up of Nestlé Very Best In Youth past and current winners and Nestlé executives.

Click here to apply for a Nestlé Very Best In Youth Foundation Grant