Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship

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..

This scholarship is 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.

Go to Past Scholarship Recipients to learn about previous scholarship winners. Go to Scholarship Recipient Graduations to follow those past scholarship winners through graduation from a 4-year college or university..

Friends of Human Relations 2022 Scholarship Fundraiser

Our 2022 scholarship fundraiser was a Zoom webinar, Monday, April 26, 5:30 pm

Hon. LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, Retired Judge of the Superior Court of California, former Independent Police Auditor for the city of San Jose, California, and brilliant and longtime community leader, served as our keynote speaker on “The Legacy of Jim McEntee”.  Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 1974, Judge Cordell (ret.) has dedicated nearly five decades of her life to creating greater access and equal justice for all marginalized communities, especially people of color and low-income individuals.  She has also been a steadfast and powerful advocate for LGBTQ rights and police accountability.

Please help us to increase our funding for the excellent students we serve.  Tax deductible donations can be made online at: /donations/ or checks mailed to: Friends of Human Relations, 14850 East Hills Drive, San Jose, CA 95127.

2023-2024 Scholarship Application is now available!

CLICK HERE for a 2023 scholarship application.

Applications are due May 7, 2023.

Scholarship History

In the years 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. Once that was successfully completed, the Friends turned their focus to raising money for college scholarships..

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 Friends’ 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 and both the number and size (now $2,000) of individual scholarships awarded has grown.

The Friends is committed to continue to increase the number of scholarship awards  each year.

Thank you to the Castellano Family Foundation

The Friends of Human Relations and the Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship Committee have been honored to have the support of the Castellano Family Foundation, Carmen and Alcario Castellano, over the past 9 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.