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Two Distinguished Students Win Jim McEntee Memorial Scholarships

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – This month, the Friends of Human Relations Jim McEntee Legacy Committee announced that two distinguished community college students have been named as recipients of this year’s Jim McEntee Memorial Scholarships. Each student will receive $1,000. The scholarships were established to encourage and support Santa Clara County community college students in their efforts to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

“These students embody strength, courage, and determination to overcome incredibly challenging individual obstacles while also making a difference in their community,” stated Ann McEntee, Chair of Friends of Human Relations.

Recipients

Lucina Sanchez, College Journalist
Lucina Sanchez will transfer from San Jose City College to California State University, Fresno, where she intends to major in journalism and devote herself to helping others through investigative reporting and public service. The daughter of a day laborer and a house cleaner, Lucina Sanchez has worked her way through San Jose City College, sometimes doing up to three jobs at a time.

Nonetheless, Ms. Sanchez was able to graduate from Overfelt High School, serve as Campus Editor for the San Jose City College Times, and volunteer weekly at the Suicide and Crisis Services of Santa Clara County as a crisis counselor. She has also volunteered with Educator for Fair Consideration to outreach to AB540 high school students.

“I’m as diligent, hardworking and intelligent as any other applicant,” stated Ms. Sanchez in her application. “Furthermore, I believe my success … while working two and three jobs at a time, shows I am more than capable of handling any challenge my future may hold.”

Jaime Lopez-Miramontes, Student Leader
The immigrant son of a truck driver and assembly line worker, Jaime Lopez-Miramontes was brought to the United States when he was three months old. He is a 2011 graduate of Evergreen Valley College where he was elected as a student Senator for the Associated Students, mentored at-risk youth for two years in the Alcanzar Program, and received scholastic recognition in the Enlace Honors Society and the President’s List. He also volunteered on the successful Measure G bond campaign at San Jose Evergreen Community College in 2010.

Mr. Lopez-Miramontes will pursue a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology at the University of San Diego this fall. “My goal is to be able to impact minorities and help them succeed with their education and careers. By becoming a higher education counselor myself, I plan on making a difference in my Latino community,” said Mr. Lopez-Miramontes.

The Friends of Human Relations would like to give special thanks to the Castellano Family Foundation for contributing funds to the Jim McEntee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Media Contact: Ann McEntee, Friends of Human Relations (408) 833-4070 (cell) 
Posted: August 29, 2011