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Yareth Rodriguez


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Although my educational journey began later than most, I believe it has been all the more rewarding for the time I spent discovering my passions. After high school, I enrolled in college but quickly realized that I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Taking a break from school, I entered the workforce and spent several years exploring different paths. It wasn't until recently that I found my calling in software engineering. In the summer of 2022, I began my programming journey by learning HTML and CSS in Codecademy, and it was then that I knew I had found my purpose. I earned my community college certificate in 2023 and am now thrilled to be attending Western Governors University. This is my first experience at a university, and I am eager to make the most of it. I know that my unique journey has given me a perspective that I can bring to the tech industry, and I am determined to contribute to its progress and innovation. While I may have started my educational journey later than most, I am confident that my dedication and passion will lead me to a meaningful career.


Western Governors University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Computer Programming
    • Engineering/Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Minors:
    • Computer Software and Media Applications

GateWay Community College

Associate's degree program
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Minors:
    • Computer Programming

Metro Tech High School

High School
2012 - 2016


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Software and Media Applications
    • Computer Systems Analysis
    • Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians
    • Computer Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

      To enter into the Augmented reality learning path! Be a part of finding a solutions to problems.

    • Intern

      2023 – 2023
    • Key Account Executive - Health Care Shipments

      2019 – 20212 years



    2007 – Present17 years


    2008 – Present16 years


    • Metro Tech High

      Performance for School event
      2015 – 2015
    • Balsz Elementary

      Mural Painting
      2010 – 2011

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Arizona Animal Welfare League — I walked and raised money for the organization with my family.
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      The Salvation Army — I was serving food and or decorating for events.
      2014 – 2018
    • Volunteering

      Phoenix Public Library — to clean and organize library inventory
      2014 – 2014

    Future Interests





    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    My educational goal is clear: to graduate with a degree in Software Engineering. This foundation is essential for achieving my career aspirations in the field of augmented reality (AR). With a solid understanding of software development principles, I aim to delve deeper into the intricacies of AR software and hardware, mastering the tools and techniques necessary to bring immersive digital experiences to life. However, my journey doesn't end with graduation. Instead, it marks the beginning of a continuous learning process. My career goal is to immerse myself in the world of AR, constantly seeking new knowledge and opportunities to grow. I envision myself working on cutting-edge projects, and collaborating with like-minded individuals to push the boundaries of AR technology. To kickstart my career, I aspire to secure an entry-level position in the tech industry. This role will provide me with invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to real-world challenges, allowing me to further hone my skills and expand my knowledge base. I am eager to immerse myself in a dynamic environment where I can learn from seasoned professionals and contribute to meaningful projects. In tandem with my professional endeavors, I am committed to continuous self-improvement. While pursuing my degree, I have already begun exploring additional learning resources beyond the classroom. Platforms like YouTube and Pluralsight have become invaluable tools in my quest for knowledge, offering a wealth of tutorials, courses, and insights into the world of software development and AR. Moreover, I recognize the importance of collaboration in the tech industry. I am eager to leverage various platforms to connect with fellow enthusiasts and experts, exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, and collaborating on innovative projects. Whether through online forums, hackathons, or industry events, I am determined to surround myself with individuals who share my passion for technology and AR. This scholarship represents a significant opportunity on my journey toward achieving my education and career goals. With this scholarship support, I will be able to invest more time and resources into furthering my education, gaining valuable certifications, and acquiring specialized skills relevant to AR development. Additionally, it will alleviate financial burdens, allowing me to focus wholeheartedly on my studies and professional growth. In conclusion, my education and career goals are intrinsically linked, driven by a passion for technology and a desire to make a meaningful impact in the field of augmented reality. With the support of this scholarship, I am confident that I can navigate the path ahead, continuing to learn, innovate, and contribute to the advancement of AR technology. This scholarship is not just financial aid; it is a catalyst for my success, providing me with the resources and opportunities I need to turn my aspirations into reality and shape a future where augmented reality becomes an integral part of our everyday lives.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    My journey into the realm of software engineering has been a deeply personal one, marked by moments of uncertainty and moments of clarity. At the outset, I wasn't certain that IT was my destined path, but I knew I wanted to create. Balancing part-time university studies with part-time work, I sought to uncover my true passion. It was through this journey that I discovered my affinity for programming languages, eventually leading me to the captivating realm of augmented reality (AR). Augmented reality, with its seamless integration of virtual and physical realities, captured my imagination like no other field. The prospect of leveraging AR technology to revolutionize industries such as education, healthcare, and entertainment fills me with excitement and purpose. I envision a future where AR enhances learning experiences, aids in medical diagnoses, and transforms entertainment mediums. Joining the pioneers of AR development presents an opportunity to contribute to a transformative era in human history. My decision to pursue a career in augmented reality represents a significant turning point in my life. Beyond the allure of financial stability, lies a deeper motivation rooted in personal fulfillment and societal impact. I am driven by the desire to not only provide for my family but also to make meaningful contributions to causes that resonate with me, such as education and empowerment initiatives highlighted on platforms like However, my pursuit of a career in AR extends far beyond financial gains. It represents a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, where mastering software engineering principles is a means to craft impactful AR experiences. Creating immersive digital environments that inspire, educate, and entertain holds the potential to leave a lasting mark on the world and shape the future of human interaction. Furthermore, the dynamic nature of technology ensures that learning is a perpetual journey. Each new programming language mastered and concept grasped expands not only my technical expertise but also my creative horizons. I am committed to pushing the boundaries of possibility, using my knowledge and skills in AR to catalyze further innovation and exploration across related domains. In conclusion, my pursuit of a career in augmented reality embodies more than a professional ambition—it signifies a transformative journey of self-discovery, innovation, and impact. Through harnessing the power of technology to create immersive digital experiences, I aim to contribute meaningfully to the STEM community and leave an enduring legacy that transcends the virtual realm. With this scholarship, I am confident that I can continue to pursue my passion for AR and make a positive impact in the world.
    STAR Scholarship - Students Taking Alternative Routes
    I embarked on my academic journey in software engineering and realized that my passion for technology converges directly with the captivating field of augmented reality (AR). This burgeoning field not only ignites my imagination but also promises to reshape my trajectory and positively impact the lives of others. What fascinates me about augmented reality is the way it seamlessly integrates virtual and physical realms, opening doors to endless possibilities. I envision leveraging AR technology to revolutionize various industries, from education and healthcare to entertainment and beyond. By immersing users in interactive digital experiences layered onto their real-world surroundings, AR has the potential to enhance learning, facilitate medical diagnoses, and redefine entertainment. Joining the ranks of individuals and companies at the forefront of AR development represents an opportunity to contribute to this transformative moment in history. Choosing a career in augmented reality promises substantial transformations in my life trajectory, particularly in terms of financial stability and personal fulfillment. Specializing in AR development as a software engineer anticipates significant growth in earning potential, enabling me to provide a better life not only for myself but also for my family. Furthermore, this financial security will empower me to support charitable causes that deeply resonate with me, such as initiatives dedicated to education and empowerment, like those featured on Beyond the allure of financial gains, pursuing a career in AR holds profound intrinsic value for me. The prospect of mastering software engineering principles to craft impactful AR experiences fills me with a sense of purpose and empowerment. Creating immersive digital environments that inspire, educate, and entertain offers an unparalleled opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the world. Moreover, the dynamic nature of technology ensures that learning is an ongoing journey. Each new programming language mastered, and concept grasped not only enhances my technical skill set but also broadens my creative horizons. I am driven by the belief that the knowledge and expertise acquired in the field of augmented reality will serve as a springboard for further innovation and exploration across related domains. In conclusion, my pursuit of a career in augmented reality signifies more than a mere professional endeavor—it embodies a transformative journey of self-discovery, innovation, and impact. By harnessing the power of technology to create immersive digital experiences and empower others, I am confident that I can not only shape my life trajectory but also leave a lasting legacy that transcends the confines of the virtual world.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    While I was a high school student, the concept of "mental health" took a backseat in my life. It wasn't until I delved into the realms of work, college, and meaningful relationships that the profound impact it could have on me became evident. Initially, I underestimated its significance, assuming I could navigate life's challenges as effortlessly as those around me seemed to. Attempting to keep pace with the frenetic rhythm of life, I hit a metaphorical wall after a few months. Socializing became an uphill battle, and maintaining focus in classes became increasingly difficult. The repercussions were substantial in one class where I teetered on the edge of failure, and my connections with friends suffered. It was this juncture that spurred a deep realization: I needed to reevaluate my approach to life. Recognizing the impossibility of managing everything concurrently, I embarked on a transformative journey to prioritize the various facets of my life. I aimed to strike a delicate balance between the demands of school, work, and relationships, avoiding the dangerous path of being physically present but spiritually absent. Yet, this journey was no stroll in the park; it demanded an extensive investment of time and involved navigating through trial and error. It imposed the unraveling of a complex puzzle, one that required a strategic and patient approach. A pivotal moment in this mission was securing a more flexible job at my college, meticulously aligned with my class schedule. This job presented ideal hours and a more manageable workload. The newfound flexibility allowed me to seamlessly integrate homework into my work downtime, significantly enhancing my efficiency in both realms. Simultaneously, I engaged in self-analysis, pondering upon my identity and aspirations. This introspection proved instrumental in discerning the friendships truly worth investing my time and effort into. I learned to value quality over quantity, cherishing a select few genuine connections over a plethora of superficial ones. Making the audacious decision to transition from full-time to part-time college enrollment was another pivotal step. This shift required silencing my ego, which stubbornly clung to the notion of full-time commitment. However, it opened space for relaxation and sporadic escapes with family and friends. Although it initially felt like taking a step back, the gradual positive changes that ensued validated the decision. By recalibrating my life in this manner, I discovered a routine that not only supports my mental well-being but also significantly improves my academic performance and personal satisfaction. The acknowledgment of the necessity of prioritizing self-care is not a concession to weakness; rather, it stands as an imperative for success in all facets of life. This transformative journey, characterized by resilience and adaptability, unfolded gradually, bringing me to a point where I now adeptly and confidently navigate the demands of school, work, and relationships. It is my unwavering commitment to self-care that has not only fortified my mental health but also set the stage for a holistic and triumphant academic and personal journey.
    EJS Foundation Minority Scholarship
    Dear EJS Foundation, My name is Yareth America Figueroa Rodriguez, and my journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and an unyielding pursuit of knowledge. As a Mexican immigrant under the DACA program, I have faced many challenges and experienced many triumphs that have helped me to become the person I am today. Now, as a permanent resident, I am passionate about technology and higher education and am eager to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Western Governors University in 2024. Despite many obstacles, I remain committed to my education and confident in my abilities. At first, I thought I knew what I wanted to do as a young 18-year-old, but I was wrong. It took some time before I could figure out my passion for tech. I had to silence all the voices that wanted me to be this or that. Last year, someone nudged me to try coding, and once I started learning, I couldn't stop. I realized that there are so many things to learn and do! I wanted to do so much, but I realized I needed to take it step by step. I went from learning on YouTube to going to college to obtain a degree in tech. Community engagement is also important to me, and I enjoy volunteering for causes that I believe in. Recently, I participated in the "Walk to Save Lives" organized by the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) and found it to be a deeply fulfilling experience. During the walk, I was training a dog and later found out that the dog was adopted. It’s little moments that make it worth it. We also ended up adopting a dog! During this time, I also had to confront the difficult reality of my father's struggle with alcoholism. Despite my efforts to help, his battle continued, and he often needed emergency medical attention. It dawned on me on the third emergency room visit as I was half awake at 2 a.m. that this person was never going to change. I had to make a hard choice to stop helping him and focus my energy elsewhere. Through all these challenges, I have remained committed to creating positive change in the world. That is why I am so grateful for the opportunity to apply for your scholarship. Your support would not only help me to achieve my goals but would also allow me to continue to contribute to the world positively. I am confident that I have the skills, determination, and passion to succeed in the tech industry, and I am eager to use my education to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you for considering my application and for your commitment to supporting individuals like me who are striving for a better life. Sincerely, Yareth America Figueroa Rodriguez
    focusIT’s Women in IT Scholarship
    As I embark on my journey into the world of STEM, I am filled with a boundless enthusiasm for the incredible opportunities and transformative experiences that this career path promises. To me, a career in STEM signifies much more than just a job; it serves as the gateway to a universe of innovation, boundless possibilities, and personal growth. The prospect of working in STEM means, first and foremost, the chance to contribute to the creation of cutting-edge technology that is shaping our world. It means being part of the dynamic process of innovation, where groundbreaking ideas evolve into tangible solutions. STEM has the power to harness human potential, converting the abstract into the concrete, and I am thrilled by the idea of being an integral part of this transformative journey. One of the most captivating aspects of STEM is the concept of augmented reality. The prospect of merging the digital and physical worlds to create immersive and interactive experiences deeply resonates with me. It is the idea of opening doors to entirely new dimensions of learning, entertainment, and communication. The potential applications of augmented reality are vast, from education to healthcare, from entertainment to industrial training, and it ignites my imagination. While my long-term aspiration revolves around augmented reality, I also recognize the value of starting small and focusing on building a strong foundation. Currently, my academic path is centered on majoring in Software Engineering, a field that equips me with the knowledge and skills to develop software applications. This foundation serves as a launchpad for me to explore, experiment, and create. I have an array of ideas, and I am not deterred by initial failures, for I believe that success often emerges from iterative efforts and perseverance. The beauty of STEM, as I have learned from those who have walked this path before me, is its intrinsic flexibility. My major does not limit me to a singular career trajectory; it opens doors to diverse opportunities within the tech industry. This flexibility enables me to adapt, evolve, and pursue different avenues as my interests evolve. It is the prospect of learning, growing, and reinventing myself within this ever-evolving field that excites me the most. Whether it's transitioning from software engineering to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, or even game development, STEM provides a framework for perpetual learning and advancement. Above all, a career in STEM represents a commitment to lifelong learning and a dedication to solving complex problems. It means embracing the challenges that await with an unwavering spirit, recognizing that each obstacle is a stepping stone towards a more innovative and promising future. In conclusion, to work in a career in STEM means embracing a world of opportunities, diving headfirst into the frontiers of innovation, and contributing to the betterment of society. It signifies personal growth, adaptability, and the chance to be a part of something much larger than oneself. As I embark on this journey, I am both humbled and inspired by the boundless horizons that lie ahead. STEM is not just a career; it's a calling, an invitation to explore the uncharted, and a promise of a brighter, more interconnected future.