Karina Velazquez, a former recipient of the Jim McEntee Scholarship, is a first generation college graduate from San Jose State University. Karina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies and an Associates of Science and Associates of Arts degrees from San Jose City College. As a college student, Karina worked full time in several agencies serving the County of Santa Clara, including the Registrar of Voters and the Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Currently, Karina oversees the operations of over 200 after school classes/activities at various underserved, Title 1 high schools in San Jose. Funded by the Federal Government through the California Department of Education, the programs’ focus is to bring academic achievement, enrichment, school safety, and student leadership to high school students that would otherwise not have these opportunities. Karina has also devoted her time to serve as a mentor for youth and first generation college students. Her passion is to continue serving her community and help open doors for immigrant and first generation college students.
2021-2022 Scholarship Application will be posted by February 2021
McEntee Scholarship Program Emergency FundAs you know, COVID 19 has taken a significant academic, financial and emotional and mental health toll on all students. Thanks to increased donations, we were able to reinstate the McEntee Scholarship Program Emergency Fund this year and offer small grant awards to a number of students at this time. So far nearly $5,000 has been raised and earmarked for students who are facing potential eviction or are unable to pay for a car repair or meet the tuition expenses for their final year at SJSU. If you can give more or haven’t given yet, a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are 100% tax deductible and our tax ID number is 77-0048389 .