Where Are They Now – Salvador Macias
“As a first generation student, I always thought about going to college as this dream,” Macias said. “But when you finally get there, you realize that your dreams and goals don’t end there. You have to think about where you’re going next, and how you can continue to grow.”
After earning two bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University, one in political science and the other in trans-border Chicano Latino studies, Macias continues to push forward by volunteering at the Aguila Youth Leadership Institute and attending the ASU Law School.
The financial and emotional support from College Success Arizona altered Macias’s view on what his future could hold.
“When you have mentors who understand the college system, help you navigate the state university and provide emotional support, you never consider giving up on school,” Macias said. “They remind me to listen to people…to always help. They make me want to be a better person and a better mentor.”
Without the help of CSA, Macias is certain he would not have attended a university directly after high school. Receiving the scholarship impacted his entire family by providing his parents relief of financial support and influencing his younger sibling’s look of college attainment.
His younger brother Carlos Macias was named a Scholar in 2014 and currently attends ASU with a major in business communication. Additionally their 13-year-old sister continues to impress them both by maintaining a 4.0 GPA at a private school and striving to attend Stanford in the future.
The Macias’s children attribute their thirst for knowledge to their parent’s never ending hard work and support.
Salvador aims to graduate law school and become a Phoenix based lawyer helping the community and influencing the political system. Carlos hopes to become a CEO for a non-profit helping people as they have helped him.
Salvador and Carlos Macias embody the mentality of many College Success Arizona Scholars, both past and present, in their consistent self-motivation and ambition.