SJSU Alumni Association

Santa Cruz Area Chapter

All SJSU Alums and family, and friends of San Jose State University, are welcome to join our area chapter.  We were specifically organized to foster San Jose State University, provide social and educational activities for Spartan Alums, and to provide support for academic and Marching Band Scholarships.

Check out the various pages located on this website to see specifics about our programs and activities!

Congratulations to two of our Scholarship Recipients, Michelle Ibarra and Alex Uribe, on their graduation from San Jose State this past Fall Semester.

Alex graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and is now working for Granite Construction Inc in Watsonville and Michelle graduated Magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology.  We are proud of their accomplishments.

2022-23 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Martine Dijkstra

Ines Martinez

Your Scholarship Committee experienced an unusual application period this year.  We initially received NO applications from high school seniors!  After alerting our contacts at the high schools and extending the filing deadline, we finally received two applications.  Ultimately, one of these students withdrew, as she decided to attend another university.  Of course, all of the applicants were outstanding students and many had overcome hardships to reach this point in their lives.  And, of course we were not able to fund all of them.  But we did select two new Spartans to receive renewable scholarships beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.  They are:


Martine Dijkstra is a Cabrillo College transfer student who will major in Microbiology with future plans to earn a post-graduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS).  Ms. Dijkstra is an immigrant from the Netherlands and a re-entry student whose break in college was necessary to heal from the pain of her father’s death.  She is excited to be preparing to work in the medical field, doing diagnostic testing and blood analysis to help “providers implement effective preventative care.”  She will be the first in her family to earn a college degree.


Ines Martinez is a Cabrillo transfer student who will be majoring in Business Administration.  She is a student studying under the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which may expire soon.  She was brought to the U.S. at the age of one.  She has been active in community organizations, working for an inclusive immigration policy and for the establishment of safe places for young people like her.  She envisions her future as a successful businesswoman continuing to work for the social justice issues in which she is currently involved.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduated from Cabrillo with Honors.


2021-22 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Arlette Aguayo Uribe (Watsonville HS), Donald Baker (San Lorenzo Valley HS), Kayla Mitchell (Cabrillo College), Luke Reason (San Lorenzo Valley HS)

Arlette Aguayo Uribe

Donald Baker

Kayla Mitchell

Luke Reason

2020-21 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Noely Escalante-Lopez (Soquel HS), Alejandra Espiritu (Watsonville HS), Miguel Iniguez-Franco (Harbor HS),  Elisa Orozco (Cabrillo College)

Noely Escalante-Lopez

Alejandra Espiritu

Miguel Iniguez-Franco

Elisa Orozco

2019-20 Scholarship Recipients Announced

From left to right:  Tyler Erwin (Scotts Valley HS), Ken Ueda-Martinez (Cabrillo College), Michelle Ibarra-Castillo (Pajaro Valley HS), Melissa Martinez (Soquel HS), Erin Koch (Cabrillo College), Natalie Owens (San Lorenzo Valley HS), Natalia DuVernois (San Lorenzo Valley HS).  Not pictured:  Alex Uribe-Rocha (Cabrillo College)