Scholar of the Week

Cynthia Aguillon      
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Cynthia Aguillon is a first-year student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley pursuing a computer engineering degree. Cynthia is a recipient of a $10,000 U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship sponsored by NAVSEA/SSP. This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen pursuing a STEM-degree relevant to NAVSEA/SSP at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Students have the opportunity to apply to the Student Employment Program for an internship and future scholarship support.

Cynthia graduated from the Business Education Technology Academy, a magnet high school, with a 3.9 GPA in the Technology Track, and earned 18 college credit hours along the way.

Cynthia’s passion is technology. Convincing her parents that she was interested in programming and engineering and planned on choosing a computing career was a challenge. The main issue was that the career she planned is mainly “just for guys.” It took some time, but in the end she was able to show her parents that there are indeed females in that area and they lead successful lives enjoying what they do. Since then, her parents have continuously supported her academic decisions and encouraged her to keep doing her best.

At her high school, she earned several certificates including industry certifications in IC3 Global Standard 4 (Computer Literacy), Certified Internet Web Foundations Associate (CIW) CIW Internet Business Associate, CIW Site Development Associate and a CIW Network Technology Associate. She was one of two females who earned the CIW Web Foundations Associate. She also earned certifications as an Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop, and an Adobe Certified Associate in Rich Media Communication using Adobe Flash.

Outside the classroom, Cynthia became the first female President of the BETA Chapter of Technology Student Association. She was also on the National Honor Society and a Kick-Off Mentor and in hr junior year, joined the VEX Robotics Team. She even served as a teaching assistant for the Principles of Information Technology course.

Cynthia is a determined, driven, creative, upbeat and dedicated young woman. She enjoys programming, learning new languages, and building robots. In her first semester of college, Cynthia is well on her way of becoming a trailblazer.

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