Edwin Garcia has an infectious smile he sometimes hides behind a shadow of shyness, but be assured, this young man has a fire to succeed and make a difference. He has a strong commitment to be a role model and support for his brother who has met the challenges of autism. His passion is computer science with a goal to “develop a software program for people with autism to improve their social and communication skills”. Attending California State University Northridge as a L.I.F.T. Scholar, he is motivated to always stay close to his community, helping students coming from underserved communities understand the importance of college and that it can be their reality also. The journey before Edwin has just begun. In high school he was captain of the Varsity basketball and golf teams. Now he is captain of his own life story, defying the odds of an underserved community to make his dreams come true, lift his family, create his own reality of success, and find peace and happiness along the way.