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 has allowed me to fund my goals and aspirations!” she added.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It is inspiring to me as both a student and an individual. It means that I get the chance to fund my academic dreams and be guided by resources given through this award. It also fuels me to continue on —  feeling as if I am carrying on my shoulders all the girls who are choosing a similar path. It is life-changing.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

We can create more programs that encourage women of all ages to explore STEM, including mentorship programs and workshops. These can be presented in schools, libraries, or any public setting! Continuous opportunities and easy access to them will allow ideas and support to flourish.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

This semester, I was gradually accepting the fact that I might not be able to afford my schooling. This grant alone gave me the ability to pursue it. It also became difficult when my environment — and even the subjects — became discouraging. But this opportunity filled me with hope and motivation!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I use my “Whys.” My Whys are the people in my life who I am doing these things for. I put “me” on the list because, from a young age, I knew that I wanted to be able to succeed in order to care for those who did the same for me.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

This has given me the chance to afford my schooling! Further, I have been able to receive mentoring which has given me advice and knowledge that I will take with me as I continue to pursue my goals!