Matching Gift Challenge Accomplished
Thank you for all your generous gifts.
We met our matching gift challenge of $10,000!
We are happy to announce that we accomplished our first goal of raising $10,000 and met the matching gift challenge. With the matching gift of $10,000, the total fund we raised is $20,320 as of July 28, 2022!
Now, our final goal is to meet $25,000 to endow Jose Náñez Memorial Scholarship to honor his legacy forever. We are sincerely grateful for all your generous gifts and for supporting Professor Náñez's legacy.
Honoring the Legacy of
Professor Jose Náñez Through
a Memorial Scholarship
Professor Náñez was a fearless advocate for Latino and underrepresented minority students, a tireless researcher, and a dedicated professor at New College, ASU West Campus.
The newly created Memorial Scholarship will be a vital vehicle to ensure Professor Náñez’s legacy of supporting Latino and underprivileged minority students. At New College, ASU West Campus, close to 50% of our students are underrepresented minority students with many challenges. This annually granting Scholarship will make a long-lasting impact on our students’ lives, their families, and their future successes.
We aimed to raise $25,000 to meet the minimum amount to endow a scholarship, which will be invested and continue to fund the Jose Náñez Memorial Scholarship each year in perpetuity. With this endowment, Professor Náñez’s Memorial Scholarship will create a powerful impact forever.
About Professor Jose Náñez & His Impact
For over 30 years, Professor Náñez taught thousands of students, personally mentoring hundreds of them, always with unfailing dedication and inspiration. Many of his proteges were first-generation college students, some of whom would never have made it through school without his guidance and encouragement. For those of us who knew him well, he was relentless in his mentorship and seemed to know when to give a kind word of encouragement or a gentle rebuke.
His advocacy went beyond ASU, his work was acknowledged internationally, and he frequently contributed to conferences regarding student success. Locally, he collaborated to design a preschool program that has brought acclaim to the city of Guadalupe, and he brought neighborhood high school students to the West campus to attend the innovative Summer Experience at West, a college preparatory program that he designed.
Furthermore, he was the instrumental force behind honoring César E. Chávez in 1992 with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, Honors Causa, from ASU for his efforts in community building and improving the working conditions of migrant farmworkers.
Professor Náñez grew up in a small town in northern California near Chico, after his family immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico. He served in the U.S. Navy before earning his Associate Degree from Butte Community College in Oroville, California, his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Chico, and his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wonderful wife, Lucy, his three children, and several grandchildren.