GSSGC recognizes Alina Aragon!
Alina is a hardworking, soon-to-be college student who wants to study in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career field. In 2014, she volunteered to be a STEM mentor to middle school girls from Painted Hills in the Low Desert. This act of kindness gave her an awesome opportunity for the next year.
Through Girl Scouts, she was able to attend GenCyber 2015 cybersecurity day camp for the entire week. From that point on, she was hooked.
Alina was one of only four older girls from her area who participated in GenCyber 2015, and later that year she went on to give a drone presentation at the National Initiative for Cyber Education Conference (NICE) in San Diego where she met leading cybersecurity professionals from around the country.
After being involved in multiple STEM activities, Alina was accepted to several colleges and she chose to attend California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) for its cybersecurity program.
Alina is very special to the Girl Scout family, as she is the first girl to attend CSUSB through the GenCyber pathway. Because of her service and passion for STEM, she was awarded a scholarship to attend CSUSB and was even offered an internship in their cybersecurity lab.
On the last day of GenCyber 2016, Edison International presented a surprise scholarship to Alina. Cheers erupted from the crowd of Girl Scouts who were excited that a role model like her would be given this amazing opportunity.