1,000 Dreams Fund Blog

Cynthia-Rae M., 24 – FUNDED

It hasn’t been an easy path to obtain a second degree, but Cynthia-Rae M. is determined to follow her dreams. The Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner has a current degree in biological sciences and is working on a nursing degree at the University of Texas at El Paso. What is your professional

Stephany Melissa Alfaro Barrera, 21 – FUNDED

Even while in high school, Stephany Melissa Alfaro Barrera was already focused on her future schooling, beginning a dual-course track at Davis Technical College. In 2019, she graduated from Davis with an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Drafting. With concurrent enrollment also at Weber State University, this Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner has

Faith Bailey, 20 – FUNDED

“I understand that for every room I stand in and stand strong, I open the door for more people like me,” says Faith Bailey, a sophomore Animal Science major at Cornell University. This Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner is no stranger to being an outlier, but she is using that challenge as

Gayda Mohamed, 19 – FUNDED

Gayda Mohamed has become accustomed to being the only female — and only woman of color — in the room. And, while that has been a challenge, it has also made this Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner stronger and more resolute in her biochemistry and biophysics studies at Brown University — and

Samantha Townsend, 19 – FUNDED

Samantha Townsend is taking full advantage of her time as an undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill; she’s double-majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and double-minoring in classical languages and data science! This Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner wants to work in tech after she graduates while also pursuing an advanced

Kaleigh Coker, 19 – FUNDED

While Kaleigh Coker is no stranger to rejection, she also has an inspiring story of perseverance on her pathway to her dream. This sophomore and Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner is currently attending Hendrix College as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Here’s more of her story! What is your professional dream?

Charlie Chesney, 29 – FUNDED

With a B.Sc. in Biology/Zoology from San Francisco State University and an M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford already completed, Charlie Chesney is now a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Studies department at University of California, Santa Cruz. The accomplished Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner not only

Niharika Shukla, 22 – FUNDED

Already having received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in May 2021, Niharika Shukla is now a graduate student at Cornell, pursuing a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. When this Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner graduates in May 2022, she has big dreams to help promote sustainable

Myshela Todd, 18 – FUNDED

As a Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner and a freshman at Dixie State University in Utah, Myshela Todd is focusing on a Biology major — with a natural emphasis — to serve her goal of becoming a wildlife biologist. What is your professional dream? I want to be a wildlife biologist. What

Nishtha Tripathi, 19 – FUNDED

As an eight-year dual-admit B.S./M.D. Program student at St. Bonaventure University, Nishtha Tripathi will graduate and join the George Washington University School of Medicine in May 2024. Her current course of study is a double major in Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience; this Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Fund winner is on an exciting trajectory