Boeing scholars are always pushing their boundaries and inspiring those around them. We want to celebrate the recent achievements of one of our scholars, Xochitl Esparaza. Xochitl is a recipient of NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Affiliate Award. Congratulations Xochitl!! Below, Xochitl shares some information about the organization and the application process for the award, and what it means to be a NCWIT affiliate awardee.
My name is Xochitl Esparza and I am currently a senior at Benito Juarez Community Academy. Recently, I became a NCWIT Affiliate Awardee. The NCWIT is an organization that aspires to encourage women to pursue education in technology fields. Each year the Award for Aspirations in Computing is granted to current high school juniors and seniors. They also offer a similar award to undergraduate students called the NCWIT Collegiate award. Applications for the high school level are accepted from September 15 – November 2 each year.
The application consists of approximately four essays that ask about your leadership, interest in technology, aspirations and community involvement. Being a Boeing Scholar at IIT, I decided to talk about my experiences throughout this program. Along with the essays, I also had to write an autobiography and answer a couple of questions about my experience in technology. Questions such as “what, if any, programs did I take that were related to technology” were included. This application also requires references from two recommenders. If you plan to apply, make sure to give your recommender enough time to write you a great letter of recommendation. The application was pretty time consuming, and I made countless revisions in my essays. Luckily, my English teacher was able to help me out but I know the IIT Boeing Scholars staff is always happy to help!
Once you win this award, you become a member of the NCWIT community. Being in this community, you get to network with other high achieving women. This also gives access to a variety of opportunities such as scholarships, internships and other programs. I just joined their group on facebook and have already seen countless opportunities for women interested in technology! Overall, I highly recommend all female Boeing Scholars to apply.