Meet the 2009 Awardees
CSU Channel Islands
Josué Magaña is a first-generation Mexican-American and the second oldest in a family of 11 siblings. After high school, he worked minimum wage jobs and eventually found himself in trouble with the law. It was at this point that Josué decided to turn his life around and challenged himself to pursue higher education. Realizing and overcoming the mediocrity of the path he was on, he enrolled in college, attaining a 4.0 GPA his first semester.
Now a senior at CSU Channel Islands, Josué is majoring in business with a double emphasis in finance and management and maintains a 3.3 GPA. He dedicates 20 hours a week tutoring students with learning disabilities at Ventura College. He also volunteers for several outreach programs where he mentors and shares his personal experiences with disadvantaged students to help them realize that they too can achieve success.
After graduating, Josué plans to attain an MBA in applied finance, become a personal financial advisor, and continue to be a role model and mentor.