Scholar Spotlight: Aqueena’s Bright Future in Tech

People By Robyn Burns January 18, 2024

The Western Union Foundation is proud to welcome Aqueena to this year’s cohort of Global Scholars, a program that supports high-potential, in-need international students.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Aqueena grew up in a low-income community where accessing quality education was a challenge. Knowing that her family couldn’t afford to send her to college, Aqueena fundraised and sought assistance from various community groups in order to move abroad and pursue a degree in Information Technology.

In addition to studying IT, Aqueena is passionate about supporting other aspiring women in technology and is planning to create a website with resources to create educational pathways for others. “This would allow me to use cybersecurity to help women, especially those who are marginalized and give them an equal opportunity at education,” she shared.

Aqueena has been working hard to pay for tuition and other living expenses by working on-campus during the school year and seeking internships over the summer. Despite working hard to balance work and school, Aqueena had been struggling to afford her international student tuition. Yet she did not give up hope and is determined to graduate and fulfill her big ambitions for the future. Her scholarship from the Western Union Foundation is one of the critical pieces providing the support needed to help her reach the finish line.


The Western Union Foundation is proud to fuel the pursuits of aspiring international students with scholarships to help them afford higher education. Click here to learn more about the Foundation’s scholarship programs and awardees.

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