Leo J. Pierucci Memorial Scholarship
Leo J. Pierucci was born in Bakersfield, California in 1917. He attended high school locally and then graduated from Bakersfield College in 1937. Pierucci undertook graduate studies in banking from University of Wisconsin, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and University of California, Davis. He also served in the United States Army during World War II, 1944-1945. He started his career in Bakersfield with Bank of America in 1937 and was still employed as a consultant with Mission Bank. Leo’s passion was his work and family. He believed the most important aspect of banking was building strong relationships on the basis of trust and respect. He also loved Bakersfield and collected many photographs of the community that are still on display at Bakersfield College as part of the Leo J. Pierucci Historical Photos of Bakersfield Collection. Leo Pierucci was and kind a gentle man who lives on through the memories of those he touched.