San Diego State UniversityTrustee Jack McGrory Scholar
As an Air Force linguist, Tyler Perez lost close
friends while serving in Afghanistan. During
his college career, he has struggled with both
hunger and homelessness.
After hitting spiritual rock bottom, Tyler returned
to his home in the Imperial Valley, where he
turned his academic life around. He went from
being a D student to an A student and graduated
with honors from Imperial Valley College with an
associate degree in pre-engineering, university
science and mathematics.
Today, Tyler is a senior at San Diego State
University majoring in electrical engineering.
He is active in Troops to Engineers, the SDSU
student chapter of the Society of American
Military Engineers, the SDSU Answer
Program, the Mathematics, Engineering,
Science Achievement program and the Safe
Water Research Lab.
Tyler looks forward to becoming an electrical
engineer so that he can blend his passion for
working outside with using his hands.