Hector and Catalina Garcia’s $1 million posthumous gift creates scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students
The Advancement of San Jose State University is pleased to announce two new scholarships to benefit Spartans in financial need who have demonstrated a commitment to the Hispanic community through community service, leadership, and activism.
The scholarships are the result of a posthumous gift of $1,050,000 from the late Hector Garcia-Manzanedo, professor emeritus of social work at San Jose State, and his recently deceased wife Catalina Garcia, ’83 BFA, ’85 MA Art. The bequest, or donation made through the Garcia Family Trust, created two endowed scholarships – one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.
“Cata and Hector were both immigrants to this country. They came from Mexico with nothing; they became citizens, got degrees, and Hector taught in San Jose State,” said Dolly Ares, a longtime friend of the Garcias and administrator of the Garcia Family Trust.
“They were grateful for the transformational experiences they had had in San Jose State, so they felt they had to give back to the community, especially to Hispanic students who might need to support their education and further their career goals.”
Considered one of the first medical anthropologists in Mexico, Garcia-Manzanedo conducted research and taught health personnel about cultural factors related to health and disease. Hired by the San José State School of Social Work in 1974, he taught social anthropology and public health for 20 years. Although he and Catalina met and married in Mexico, they were both very committed to Spartan life – Garcia-Manzanedo as a teacher and Garcia as a student and alumnus. An accomplished painter, Catalina completed over 100 paintings throughout her career.
Together they often travel to Latin America, where Garcia-Manzanedo is a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization, conducting research and teaching. He was also employed by the Mexican Ministry of Health and the Organization of American States, where he developed public health programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil, Panama and elsewhere. in Latin America.
The Garcias remained active and engaged in their academic, social, and cultural circles until retirement. After retiring in 1993, Garcia-Manzanedo often offered seminars and courses in medical anthropology in Mexico City. He served on several boards of various community and volunteer organizations in Santa Clara County before his death in 2003.
“I am thrilled that the College of Graduate Studies can help advance Hector and Catalina Garcia’s vision of supporting SJSU graduate students who engage in leadership, service, and activism to benefit the community. Hispanic,” said Marc d’Alarcao, dean of the SJSU College of Graduate Studies.
“This scholarship will provide substantial financial support to talented graduate students pursuing their degree, masters, or doctorate who are making a real difference to the Latinx community through their research and service. For some of these students, the Garcia scholarship will make a difference in enabling them to complete their studies.
Patrick Day, vice president of student affairs, agrees.
“This scholarship provides the resources needed for undergraduate students to be more immersed in critical aspects of the student experience,” he said. “It could allow them to work less, allowing them to take advantage of internship opportunities, get involved in student organizations and leadership development, and participate in community service engagement experiences.
“Their generosity will continue the Garcias’ legacy and contribute to the undergraduate student experience for generations to come.”
Eligible Spartans will have the opportunity to apply for the Dr. Hector and Catalina Garcia Scholarships beginning next spring for the 2023-2024 academic year.