The Joseph Macias Emerging Leaders Scholarship looks for students that demonstrate leadership qualities in one of many parts of their community, whether it’s advocating for more diversity, volunteerism, or creating innovative businesses.
Interested students need at least a 2.7 GPA, High school seniors or college freshman, and must send in their resume, transcript, a recommendation, a personal statement, and a headshot. Finalists must submit a video about themselves.
- High School Senior or College Freshman
- 2.7 cumulative GPA
- Resume & Transcript
- Personal Statement and Headshot
About Joseph Macias
We’re proud to present an annual Joseph Macias Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of our Chairman & CEO’s late grandfather. Mr. Macias was a well-known community leader engaged with youth mentorship programs, local school districts, and his church functions. He was more than a leader, but a changemaker. He worked to empower communities through his mentorship, financial donations, and engagement.
Mr. Macias served in the United States Army as a combat engineer, November 30th, 1966 until receiving an honorable discharge on November 29th, 1972. He served during a significant battle of the Vietnam War, which was the “Tet Offense” in January 1968 in Tay Nich, III Corp, South Vietnam. He earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal.
He served as an Assistant Sergeant of Arms, California State Assembly. He went on to serve with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as a Peace officer at Folsom State Prison until his retirement in 2000.
Mr. Macias retired in Washington, DC with his wife of 45 years the Honorable Linda Macias, where they continued to serve their community. Mrs. Macias served as the first Latina Chief of Staff in the United States Congress. Mr. Joseph Macias passed in 2014 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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