Catalino Tapia

October 20, 2008 12:20:39 PM PDT
Catalino Tapia was 20 years old when he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with a mere $6. Through years of hard work, Tapia has been able to start his own gardening business, buy a home in Redwood City and educate his children. Inspired by his son graduating from one of the nation's top law schools, Tapia established a non-profit company, the Bay Area Gardeners' Foundation, and recruited a dozen other gardeners to raise money for college scholarships for low-income families. This year, they awarded fifteen scholarships to deserving college-bound students.

The Bay Area Gardeners' Foundation has provided scholarships to students who have gone on to Mills College, UC Santa Cruz, Chico State University and Foothills College.

Catalino Tapia has received numerous honors and awards for his dedication to community service and education including the Jefferson Award and the Local Hero Congressional Award. Along with his dedication to the Bay Area Gardeners' Foundation, Catalino Tapia works with the Community Center Food Bank, Redwood City Community Center Street Cleaning, and Movil Consulado.

Mr. Tapia continues to strive for his goal, "To contribute to the community and help make a better future for our youth".