Bakersfield native Ray Garcia was recognized earlier this year as an outstanding graduate and Presidential Scholar at Western Washington University.
Garcia was picked as an outstanding graduate by university faculty. Presidential Scholars are selected in recognition of their educational excellence and service to the university and their communities.
Garcia graduated from WWU in March with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minors in professional writing and literacies & rhetoric. He co-founded the Society for Student Journalists of Color at the university and was selected as one of six journalism students to travel to Tunisia on a Journalism and Democracy Fellowship funded by the U.S. State Department.