Alejandro Contreras

By April 17, 2018 May 24th, 2018 Lead Scholar, Scholar Spotlight

Scholar Bio

As an elementary school student, Alejandro Contreras was bright and driven. Over the years, however, he was often told that Latino boys like him don’t go to college--and eventually, his ambitions dwindled.

Feeling hopeless, he started rebelling and was on course to join a gang. Fortunately, in Junior High, he took a field trip to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) through one of our outreach programs. There he saw a diverse mix of students, including many Latinos like him.

That inspired Alejandro to turn the tides. He qualified for one of our scholarships and is now a CSUSM senior earning his degree in criminology and sociology.

How the San Marcos Promise Impacted You

alex's impact

Something About You That is a Surprise

things we didn't know about alex

Scholarship Awarded

PACE Promise

Current School

CSU San Marcos

Current Major

Alex's Major

Current Year


3 Traits that Define You:

  • silly
  • awesome
  • honest

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