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Interview with San Diego Scholarship Recipient Macy Olivas

The San Diego Foundation’s Community Scholarships Program has awarded nearly $24 million since 1997. Among our impressive scholarship “alumni” is Macy Olivas, who was awarded The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation’s MKC College Scholarship in 2009.

We got the chance to catch up with Macy last week, who has graduated from The Preuss School at UC San Diego, attended Whitworth University, and is now the Executive Director of The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation.

Interview with Scholarship Recipient: Macy Olivas

The San Diego Foundation: What led you to apply for a scholarship through The San Diego Foundation?
Macy Olivas: I first heard about The San Diego Foundation scholarships through my high school college counselor. When reading more into the background, I learned that both Mr. and Mrs. Weil were the first in their families to go college, which was a significant factor when deciding whether to apply.

TSDF: How has receiving this scholarship impacted your life?
MO: Without the financial support of the Weil family, I would have not been able to graduate from college in four years. I was even able to work one less job to focus on my studies. In addition, staying connected with and ultimately working for the Weil Family Foundation has enabled me to achieve my dream of giving back to the communities and people that helped me get to where I am today.

TSDF: Tell us about your passion for education reform and community development. How are you engaged in creating change?
MO: As a first-generation college graduate, I believe it is my duty to fight for the students walking the path I did. Students, I believe, are a critical investment and we cannot invest in them without investing in their schools and their communities. I attend local school board meetings, take classes in UC San Diego’s education studies program, work with the Preuss High School Robotics team, and serve on the Board of the Latina Giving Circle.

TSDF: You now manage the awards process for several scholarship funds, including the award you received. Do you have advice for future scholarship seekers?
MO: Yes!

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