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

Leave a Reply

LEAP Cancellation Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you wish to request a refund, please submit a request to [email protected] as soon as possible, stating the reason for your request and the amount you would like refunded.

A refund may be requested from The San Marcos Promise for LEAP registration fees for any of the following reasons:

- Discount wasn’t properly applied
- Attendee wishes to cancel enrollment
- Course cancellation (if enrollment fails to reach 50% of capacity)

General Cancellation Guidelines

- Cancellations made by parent/guardian less than 7 days prior to the program start date are non-refundable.

- Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the program start date will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee.

- Course adjustments must be done 7 days prior to program start date. There will be no extra cost but is dependent on space in the desired course.

- If a program is cancelled, a full reimbursement will be issued, or course transfer, depending on availability, can be accommodated.