Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Oscar Salinas

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Oscar Salinas

Law and Order
After Oscar Salinas graduates with honors in May 2011, he will start a new chapter in his life. This fall he enters law school at the University of Texas, where he was awarded the Tom C. Clark Scholarship for his outstanding academic achievement. Salinas was also awarded the Cameron County Bar Association Scholarship. At the University of Texas School of Law, Salinas hopes to become involved with the Texas Innocence Project. However, the first-generation college student will always cherish the rewarding experiences he encountered during his time at the Island University. The Brownsville, Texas, native and champion Golden Gloves boxer started classes at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2006 and has held a spot on the Dean's List each semester. A history major, Salinas is minoring in philosophy, and was one of a handful of students selected by the Division of Student Affairs to represent the University at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. For two years Salinas worked as a GO Center mentor through the University's Title V Program, where he tutored high school students in reading, writing and math, encouraged them to go to college, and assisted with college application and financial aid forms. In the classroom he inspired students as a positive role model, reminding them that anything in life is possible. He also worked with at-risk youth as a facilitator for the Youth Odyssey non-profit organization. Salinas, who has been a scholarship recipient during his entire University academic career, was chosen to speak at the 2010 STARS Scholarship banquet. He says much of his discipline in academics stems from his preparation and setting goals while training during his 10-year boxing career. He has volunteered for numerous projects including AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Project K.E.Y.S. (Keep Every Youth in School) and has served as a research assistant/grader and an undergraduate teaching assistant for Dr. Anthony Quiroz, professor of history, and a researcher in the oil and gas industry. In addition, he is a member of LULAC, and a former member of the University’s Chess Club.

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