When I was a senior in high school, I applied for and won NCWIT's Aspirations in Computing Award (Basically an award for girls interested in coding) at the state level. It was a nice award; I got to go to a local awards banquet, got a bag full of fun swag (including a Samsung tablet), and an interview with the local newspaper and TV station. It helped me later on when I got to list it on my college applications. After I got accepted to Rose, I put it on my freshman resume, and figured I'd never think about it again.
Then last year, I got a nice surprise. Turns out Rose-Hulman gives a $1000 scholarship to girls who won the Aspirations award in high school! What was even better was finding out that it renewed for this year for an additional $1000. Thank you Aspirations!
But the really fun thing came just a couple days ago. I had told them that I was starting my internship this summer, and I got a really lovely care package from them.
I got a nice tumbler cup, a portable charger, a pair of earbuds with a spool holder, and a pen, along with a bunch of pamphlets on how to make the most of my internship. Admittedly, they're a little bit more geared towards computer science majors, but there was still some good information that could apply to any internship.
My favorite thing was definitely the spool for the earbuds. I've seen plenty of contraptions for keeping earbuds from tangling, but this one seems far more promising than anything that I've seen before.
Aspirations is a really great award. Even beyond all the fun prizes and perks, NCWIT has put a lot of work into creating a supportive community of girls interested in technology. I really can't recommend applying for this award enough if you're in high school or college and have any experiance with coding.