CSUF News Service
Academics, Service Earn Titan a CSU Trustee Scholarship
Michael Chacon Named One of 23 Trustee Scholars
Sept. 9, 2014
Cal State Fullerton's newest CSU Trustee Scholar is determined to be an FBI man. And Michael Chacon, a junior business administration major, is well on his way.
Chacon is one of 23 California State University students awarded a CSU Trustee Award Scholarship this year, for superior academic performance, community service and financial need.
"I feel very special and honored to represent Cal State Fullerton as this year's scholarship recipient," said the Bellflower resident.
"I grew up in a Mexican-American household in South Gate. I shared a room with my three siblings while my mother homeschooled us through eighth grade," Chacon said. "Our father always pushed us to reach higher.
"When it came time to choose a high school, I took a risk. I auditioned for the theater program at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts."
He attended the school, starring in several productions and helping establish a student-run theater company before graduation. He took part in church mission outreaches in Japan, the Philippines and Costa Rica, and earned Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
For his college education, Chacon chose Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
"You can go anywhere with a business degree," Chacon explained, adding that it is also valued by his future employer. "The Bureau needs people with accounting skills because of the number of financial crimes happening in our country."
He has joined the California Air National Guard and completed basic training, followed by an eight-months of training to as an intelligence analyst for the 163rd Reconnaissance Squadron.
"Last semester, I helped lead the Young Americans for Liberty club in educating students on their rights, as well as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners club, which hosts speaker meetings for students who want to get into a career in financial crime prevention," Chacon said.
"Ultimately, I want to use the skills and experiences I acquired at Cal State Fullerton to work in the Bureau's white-collar crime division, combating criminals who commit fraud against thousands of Americans every year."
Chacon is one of two inaugural Trustee Scholarship recipients to receive the California State University/Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Scholar Award.