1,000 Dreams Fund Blog

Saron G., 22 – FUNDED

“Winning this scholarship is not just a recognition of my hard work and dedication to STEM, but is also a stepping-stone toward achieving my dreams and making a positive impact in the world through diversifying technology and innovation,” says Saron G., a New Face of Tech winner. She is currently studying computer science at George

Charlene de la Paz, 19 – FUNDED

Charlene de la Paz is a mechanical engineering major at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her dream is to use her education to work in the engineering field, and winning New Face of Tech gave her the boost she needed to help feel confident about pursuing her degree (and her dreams!) What does being the

Alexandria Brady-Miné, 23 – FUNDED

“I am so excited to be a New Face of Tech Challenge Winner!” said Alexandria Brady-Miné, a senior at the University of South Florida, where she is studying mechanical engineering. Her professional dream is to use STEM to address major global issues. “The funding, support, and mentorship opportunities will help me explore and implement projects

Favour Osisioma, 19 – FUNDED

One of Favour Osisioma’s favorite inspirational quotes is from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” This New Face of Tech winner is a first-year student at the University of Tennessee at Martin — and she dreams of being a community organizer in the

Jimmia T., 21 – FUNDED

Jimmia T. is inspired by the James Baldwin quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” She says it illuminates her journey into the tech industry. “It has required a lot of perseverance, but I’ve never regretted choosing this path,” says this New Face of

Kimberly Andres Rivera, 19 – FUNDED

Kimberly Andres Rivera’s career goal is to become a front-end developer. “I want to help other’s ideas come to life for their brands or projects!” says this New Face of Tech winner who is studying computer science at Oxford College of Emory University. “The gratitude and joy I feel about this grant is immense! It

Saumya Bansal, 26 – FUNDED

“I believe hard work inspires, resources empower, and awards add the motivation to repeat the cycle,” says Saumya Bansal, who is originally from India. She loves the quote from author Roy T. Bennett: “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” This New Face of Tech winner’s dream is

Naima Cooper, 22 – FUNDED

Naima Cooper’s dreams is to be a filmmaker and author. She recently wrapped up her undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill — a bachelor’s in education, where she focused on Human Development and Family Studies. “This investment in me motivates me to pursue the dreams I’ve had since I was 12 and to share my gifts

Sarah Brill, 26 – FUNDED

“I am incredibly grateful for this grant — and I cannot wait to continue growing my skills within my field of research,” says New Face of Tech winner Sarah Brill. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and a Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Ergonomics

Priyanka Benny Fernandes, 25 – FUNDED

“Every achievement is a boost of motivation,” says Priyanka Benny Fernandes. “This scholarship will help me think out loud and move forward with an unending effort and determination to achieve the goals I have set for myself.” Originally from Mumbai, India, this New Face of Tech winner is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Biomedical