STEAM Scholarships Awarded to Two Students by Dreams for Schools and Neudesic - Dreams for Schools
STEAM Scholarships Awarded to Two UC Irvine Students by Dreams for Schools and Neudesic
March 22, 2024

STEAM Scholarships Awarded to Two Students by Dreams for Schools and Neudesic

Dreams for Schools (DFS) is excited to announce the launch of the Dreams for Schools STEAM Scholarship Award presented by Neudesic. The STEAM Scholarship Award program, made possible with the support of our corporate partner,Neudesic, will be available to STEAM undergraduates working as DFS Instructors while they pursue their career goals in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, or Math (STEAM). Applications are received on a quarterly basis and 1-2 scholarships will be awarded once a quarter.

Dreams for Schools (DFS), a nonprofit providing STEAM education programs for underserved youth, is thrilled to announce the winners of the STEAM Scholarship Awards presented by Neudesic for Spring 2024.

The scholarship program, made possible by Neudesic’s generous support, provides financial assistance and professional development opportunities for DFS Instructors pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) fields.

“We are so pleased to award the STEAM Scholarships to two DFS Instructors,” said Nithin Jilla, Executive Director of Dreams for Schools. “Both instructors are very deserving of this scholarship, and we are excited to see how it can serve as a catalyst for both of them. John has taught different programs with us and has also assisted with our Engineering Curriculum videos. Desiree, who joined us this past year in Summer, has been teaching in our Santa Ana Schools. Congratulations to both of them on being selected as our Spring scholars.”

Desiree Gomez – Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton

This fall, Desiree will be entering her second year of graduate school in Computer Science, with the goal of joining the 8% of Latina women who hold a master’s degree by Spring 2025. 

She is passionate about teaching and information security, and her aspiration is to become an information security analyst while also teaching college courses part-time. 

Balancing school and work is demanding, so it is essential for her to engage in activities she loves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, watching sunsets, exploring new coffee shops, and attending concerts to see her favorite artists live.

John Dang – Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona

John is a 4th Year transfer student at Cal Poly Pomona that is majoring in Computer Science. He would like to pursue a career in Web Development as soon as he is finished with school! Because he was introduced to Computer Science right during college, he would like to introduce new students to all the fields Computer Science may offer.

Aside from his academics, he also runs a photography business that specializes in graduations, engagements, weddings, and digital art!

A special thank you to Neudesic and the volunteers who participated in the scholarship review committee along with the Dreams for Schools Team reviewers. Neudesic’s generous support and commitment to education equity is making a meaningful impact through DFS’ STEAM programs and initiatives.

DFS is a STEAM education 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working to advance education equity by bridging gaps in STEAM education, with an emphasis on computer science. Through partnerships with students, educators, schools, and industry leaders, DFS develops STEAM curricula, offers STEAM classes for K-12 youth, provides professional development for teachers, and connects college students to vocational opportunities in STEAM fields. The STEAM Scholarships presented by Neudesic exemplify DFS’ mission to empower students from all backgrounds to reach their full potential as tomorrow’s innovators.

Neudesic is a national technology firm and global leader in technology-powered business innovation. They help their customers close the gap between technology and desired business outcomes by bringing together the best talent, innovative products, and a broad array of services. Their partnership with DFS to fund STEAM scholarships demonstrates their commitment to developing the next generation of tech talent and leaders.

DFS and Neudesic look forward to continuing their collaboration to make STEAM education accessible for all students, regardless of their circumstances. Together, we can build a more innovative, equitable future for our youth.