Raul H. Castro Scholarship in Southwest Studies
Born in Cananea, Mexico, on June 12, 1916, Castro lived in his native land until 1918, when he moved to Arizona and later became an American citizen. Through physical labor, he saved enough to enter Arizona State Teachers College in Flagstaff, where he graduated in 1939. He worked for the U.S. State Department as a foreign service clerk at Agua Prieta, Mexico, for five years, but never forgot his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Accepted by the University of Arizona Law College, Castro earned his Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the state bar in 1949. After practicing law in Tucson for two years, he became a deputy Pima County attorney. In 1954, he was elected county attorney and served until 1958, when he became a Pima County Superior Court Judge.