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Danny Garcia

  • Gender: Male
  • University: University of California - Santa Barbara
  • University: University of Redlands
  • Undergraduate Degree: Global Studies
  • Undergraduate Degree: Chicano Studies
  • Organization: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Position Title: Vice President, Scholarship Processing and Administration

Danny Garcia believes in the power of a higher education, and attests to the positive influence it has had on his own life, and in the lives of the students he has served throughout his career. And he has empathy, based on his own experience. For one thing, he attended a high school that did not offer direct access to college prep resources. Also, being the first in his family who would go to college added another layer to his challenges.

He knew he would have to “be resourceful” in seeking the knowledge he would need, on his own. So, he forged ahead. And although his family could not help him with regard to information about college, he says their support during that time gave him strength of a different kind.  “I was blessed with two parents who raised me and my siblings in a loving household, and placed a high priority on education,” he explains.

With his family urging him on and the assistance of “amazing teachers” and mentors, he went on to enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he earned his BA in Global Studies and Chicano Studies. While at UCSB, he joined Hermanos Unidos, a student organization that seeks to “advance young Latino males into academic scholars, community leaders, and young professionals.”

Next up, was graduate school, where he attained his MBA from the University of Redlands. He was also awarded an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship, which places fellows into roles at leading educational organizations—in his case, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.

Today, Danny serves as Vice President, Scholarship Processing and Administration, at HSF, where he is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities involved in administering scholarships, including implementation, processing, and compliance. He believes in the organization’s mission and the importance of “investing in the future leaders of our country who will give voice to the Latino perspective in every industry, ultimately leading to a more diversified, representative nation.”

Prior to joining HSF, he was the Director of Program Operations at the Fulfillment Fund, responsible for augmenting financial aid completion rates, increasing college graduation and persistence rates for scholarship recipients, and developing programs aimed at improving transfer rates among community college students. He previously served at various other college access and success organizations, such as the TELACU Education Foundation, and the El Viento Foundation (now Scholars’ Hope Foundation), where he had the opportunity to guide first-generation students of all backgrounds, to and through college.

His advice to those considering a college track, is to “be informed and be prepared.” He adds, “Today more than ever, there are resources available to help you with each of the key steps in the process. Seek support, get informed, and do not take no for an answer. It takes a lot of support and knowledge to make the most informed decisions about college.”