By Matt Miller
Coming from the Philippines where she said many young girls had to choose between “education and food,” 18-year-old Trisha Macagba feels like she has been given the gift of a lifetime.
The Rodriguez High School senior was recently awarded a $220,000 scholarship from the Los Angeles Strategic Office Recruitment Detachment. It’s an ROTC program that promotes diversity and inclusion where she will participate at the college of her choice, followed up by a four-year commitment to the U.S. Army upon graduation.
“I still can’t believe it,” Macagba said. “We came from the Philippines. My parents were worried how we were going to pay to get our education.”