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The Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship is awarded annually in memory of peacemaker Jim McEntee, Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations for more than 27 years.

To honor Jim's peace and justice legacy, his family and friends have established this scholarship, to be awarded to Santa Clara County residents transferring as juniors from a Santa Clara County community college to a four year college or university. We especially encourage applications from students who have faced financial and/or social obstacles in pursuing their education.

Click on Past Scholarship Recipients for a complete list
of our past scholarship recipients.


Scholarship History

In the years from 2005 to 2010, the Jim McEntee Legacy Committee/Friends of Human Relations focused on the design, capital campaign and implementation of the Legacy Art Project on the County Plaza at 70 West Hedding, San Jose.

Starting in 2007 Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded annually to a single recipient. By 2010, two scholarship awards of $1,000 were awarded and following the Friendsí first annual scholarship fundraiser in April 2012, six $1,000 scholarships were awarded. Since that first fundraiser, the amount of scholarship money raised each year has increased.

This year's (2016) highly successful scholarship fundraiser made it possible for the Friends to award 15 $2,000 Legacy Scholarships, for a total of $30,000. See Fundraiser Program and Donors for complete event details and a list of donors.

The total funds raised for the McEntee Scholarships by the Friends of Human Resources over an nine year period, 2007-2016, is $98.500. We have awarded a total of 62 scholarships over that period.

The Friends is committed to continue to increase the number of scholarship awards in subsequent years.


The Castellano Family Foundation

Friends of Human Relations /Jim McEntee Legacy, has been honored to have the support of the Castellano Family Foundation, Carmen and Alcario Castellano, over the past 8 years. The Castellanos have given major support to the Jim McEntee Art Project (completed in 2010) and have served as the largest and most dedicated contributor to the McEntee Legacy Scholarship Program since its inception.

At the first annual Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship Benefit held at MACLA in April 2012, Friends of Human Relations honored Carmen and Alcario Castellano with a Special Board Appreciation and a small gift. We are truly grateful for the Foundationís outstanding leadership, generosity and commitment to those most in need in our community.

2016 Scholarship Fundraiser

Ann McEntee and the Friends of Human Relations were joined by supporters on April 16, 2016 at our fifth annual Jim McEntee Scholarship Fundraiser and Celebration. Guests enjoyed authentic Persian appetizers and desserts provided by Malek's Catering, San Jose and exciting live music from the Brian Ho Jazz Trio. Keynote speaker was the Hon. Jim Beall, CA State Senator and a tireless community champion. In addition, a highlight of every year's event is previewing the very best of contemporary Latino art. and MACLA's 18th Annual Actuion was on display in the gallery. Click here for an event program. Click here for event photos.

We are very grateful to the outstanding community leaders who are generous donors and who served on the Honorary Committee for this yearís event: Carmen & Alcario Castellano, Hon. Cindy Chavez, Hon. Kansen Chu, Judge La Doris Cordell (Ret.), Hon. Dave Cortese & Hon. Pattie Cortese, Adam & Laura Escoto, Mary Ellen & Michael Fox, Carol Garvey, Bishop Patrick McGrath, Steve Preminger, Wiggsy Sivertsen & Hon. Susie Wilson.


2016 Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to our generous donors, in 2016 we were able to award $30,000 to fifteen students. Recipients included seven students who have just transferred to a four year university to complete their undergraduate studies and eight previous McEntee scholarship recipients who are entering their senior year. Click here for additional information about our 2016 scholarship recipients.

2016 Scholarship Recipients


Make a Donation

This scholarship is made possible through fundraising by the Firiends of Human Relations/Jim McEntee Legacy Committee, with generous support from the Castellano Family Foundation. Please make a donation by clicking on the link below for a donation form that can be completed and mailed in with a check. Thank you for your support!

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