The Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund was established to honor Mike Garcia, who demonstrated extraordinary integrity and dedication to working families across California.
With the rising cost of education and diminishing public funding, college scholarships become even more critical. Nearly all of the children of property service workers are first-generation college students. Every night, their parents work hard to keep offices clean and safe for tenants and office workers across the state. The majority dream of their children attending college, but unfortunately the combination of their low-wages and the increasing cost of tuition prevent many from providing the financial support needed for their children to attend college.
The Mike Garcia Scholarship is part of Building Skills Partnership and established as an endowment to honor the legacy and vision of Mike Garcia. With the partnership of SEIU-USWW, we continue to provide the financial support for the children of janitors to attain a higher education.
"Immigrant families now and throughout the history of this country strive to build a better life for their children and future generations. This is the fabric of America and this is the top priority and purpose which drives our members’ lives."
The Legacy of Mike Garcia
Mike Garcia was born in April of 1951 in East Los Angeles. As a student at Cal State Northridge, Mike worked his way through college as a janitor, a key experience that would come to shape his life and passion as a fierce advocate for working families. Mike served as the President of SEIU-USWW between 1988 and 2014 where he led 40,000 janitors, security officers, and airport workers in the Justice for Janitors campaign; a movement that helped workers achieve a more just way of living and working. His legacy remains through the Mike Garcia Scholarship, created in 2015 upon Mike's retirement.
Building Skills Partnership was founded on the philosophy that education improves the quality of life for property service workers and their families. BSP is committed to supporting property service workers and their children in their pursuit of higher education. Since 2008, with the donations from individuals, employers, labor and SEIU-USWW, BSP has provided over $200,000 in scholarships to students.