New award recognizes high school technology stars

Young women in high school interested in computers and technology can apply for the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing award, a new award sponsored by Advance IT Minnesota and Minnesota technology companies. The award is open to young women in high schools across the state with outstanding achievements and aspirations in technology.

Awards will be made based on the interests, accomplishments, and community involvement of young women in computing and technology, as well as for their aspirations in computing and technology-related fields. Prizes for the Minnesota award include iPads, cash prizes, and mentorship/job shadowing opportunities at Minnesota technology firms. Students can submit applications for the award online at through Nov. 16. Winners will be chosen in December and honored during events hosted by Minnesota technology firms in the spring of 2013.

All Minnesota award applicants also have the opportunity to concurrently submit their application for the national award. That application deadline is Oct. 31. National award winners will be honored at the 2013 Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase in Charlotte, N.C., and receive $500 and a laptop computer.