Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser

The Friends of Human Relations is committed to to continuing to growing the number of students we support with Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarships. We offer scholarships each year to students transferring from a community college to a four year school as well as to previous scholarship recipients. . (While one-third of UC graduates and more than half of CSU graduates begin at community colleges, only 1% of financial aid for higher education is directed toward community college students.” SJMN 1-31-17, p B3)  .

The Scholarship program was started in 2007, when we awarded one $1,000 scholarship. In 2012, we initiated what has become an annual Scholarship Fundraiser at MACLA and, thanks to our generous donors, the number of scholarship we provide has grown steadily. In 2017 we provided seventeen (17) $2,000 scholarships.

2020 Scholarship Fundraiser – CANCELLED

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Friends of Human Relations (FHR) Board has cancelled the 9th Annual McEntee Scholarship Benefit scheduled for Thursday April 30th at the Adobe Headquarters.  However, this year we hope to again award $36,000 to assist eighteen community college students transferring to a four year college or university to complete their undergraduate education. Even if we cannot gather in person, we are asking all of our donors who can, to give now, so we have the funds available by mid-May to continue to support our outstanding students on their educational journey. Click here for more information and stay safe and healthy!


2019 Scholarship Fundraiser

Ann McEntee and the Friends of Human Relations were joined by supporters on April 26, 2019 at our eighth annual Jim McEntee Scholarship Fundraiser and Celebration. Guests heard from two of our outstanding scholarship recipient graduates, Diana Cuevas, UCSC 2016, and Zainab Yusuf, SJSU 2018. Special guest speaker was Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) trustee Adam Escoto. Adam is a strong supporter of the McEntee Scholarship program and spent 27 years in public education. He is also a well-known advocate for children and youth, especially Latino youth and foster youth.

Guests enjoyed appetizers and desserts provided by Casa Vicky restaurant, music by Elaine Ryan, talented vocalist, composer, and acoustic guitarist, and a preview of the very best of contemporary Latino art from MACLA’s 21st Annual Auction on display in the gallery. Browse our 2019 scholarship fundraiser program, including a list of donors.

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

Scholarship Fundraiser History

Learn about our past scholarship recipients.

For photos from our annual fundraiser and the annual event program acknowledging the generosity of our donors, see below: