Football's Marco Salas Awarded NCAA Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship
INDIANAPOLIS – Arizona native and Arizona State football player, Marco Salas was awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship to use for his postgraduate explorations in the upcoming year. He joins triathletes Kira Stanley and Olivia Jenks as the third Sun Devil to win a postgraduate scholarship.
"It's a great feeling to be awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Growing up, all of my role models were Hispanic, and they were hard workers who stressed getting an education," Marco Salas said. "As a recipient of this scholarship, I hope I can be a role model for others as my family was for me. I found out about the scholarship through my academic coach Kelli Benjamin, and she thought it would be a great opportunity for me. I can't thank CSAC enough for the resources and opportunities they provide us."
Salas will be using his scholarship to help pursue his Master's in Sports Law and Business from the Allan '"Bud" Selig Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
We are excited to announce that Marco Salas is coming to SLB in the Fall of 2022! ??
— Allan "Bud" Selig Sports Law and Business Program (@SeligSLB) March 24, 2022
As a freshman in 2018, Salas, a Dobson High School prospect, earned a preferred walk-on spot from the Sun Devil coaching staff. He was a key member of the scout team offensive line and was always smiling in whatever activity he did. This past season he was awarded the Lunch Pail Award, given to a player for arriving everyday even on off days, showing true dedication.
This is every bit as important as anything that comes out of college athletics. Young fella walks-on, takes advantage of his opportunity and resources, and earns NCAA SCHOLARSHIP. #walkedonleftonscholly Congrats Marco!!!! https://t.co/OscKFwiRcK
— Jean Boyd (@jboyd_sb4life) March 31, 2022
Salas has been an active intern of the Sun Devil Athletic Media Relations Department since March 2020, writing stories for thesundevils.com about Sun Devils of the past, present and future. He spends time assisting Sun Devil Softball and has worked with swimming, baseball, tennis, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, men's and women's basketball.
A Dobson high School graduate, he played on varsity for his final three seasons and earned team captain honors as a senior.
The NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee awarded Salas with $10,000 to use for a sports-related program as a full-time graduate student.
A Barrett the Honors College student, Salas will graduate in May of 2022 from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Bachelor's in Sports Journalism and a minor in Film and Media Production. He recently announced that he will be continuing his education at Arizona State University pursuing a Master's degree in Sports Law and Business from the Allan '"Bud" Selig Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.