1,000 Dreams Fund Blog

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

@KaylaaJay2, 21 – Funded

“In today’s society, we’re told to only do things that make us money no matter if we enjoy that job or not. I want to change that stigma and encourage people — especially women — to follow their dreams no matter how far they seem to be,” says variety streamer @KaylaaJay2. This JBL Quantum Grant

@OhhMeggs, 22 – Funded

You might find @OhhMeggs playing Valorant, Overwatch, Minecraft, Animal Crossing, Warzone, and more — with a side of humor, always. But this JBL Quantum Grant has a packed schedule, as she’s also a college student, majoring in Film and double-minoring in Spanish and Psychology. What is your dream in gaming and/or esports?  My dream is to

@MsPinky313, 36 – Funded

Ever since Super Mario World on Super Nintendo, @MsPinky313 has had a love for video games. Now, she’s a gaming content creator and influencer — not to mention the executive producer of “Red Cups and Games” and the co-host of the RealOnesGaming Network podcast. This JBL Quantum Grant winner always makes sure to bring love

Daniela Markazi, 25 – FUNDED

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” ― Melinda Gates That’s a quote that inspires New Face of Tech winner Daniela Markazi, an Informatics Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (where she also received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a minor in Natural Resource Conservation).

Jayda Murray, 18 – FUNDED

As a creator, Jayda Murray wants people to be able to use her art and tech work as conversation pieces which can lead to practical action. “After I graduate, my dream is to work with Japanese gaming companies while I develop the skills and know-how to start my own indie game studio working in-between the

@SammySam, 27 – Funded

On @SammySam’s stream, she will tell you to expect “50% pro plays, 50% potato gameplays, and 100% chill vibes.” Kindness and positivity are her jam — and this JBL Quantum Grant winner wants to be a role model for other women in gaming to consistently showcase that the negative words used to put women down