Eligible applicants for the Leo and Trinidad Sanchez Scholarship Fund must: Be Hispanic American student (with at least one parent of Hispanic or Hispanic American heritage); Be a Current resident of Santa Clara County or Santa Cruz County; and must be a current graduating high school senior or undergraduate at West Valley College enrolled in a program leading to a degree in architecture, or in any architectural school on a full-time or part-time basis.
This scholarship was established by Gil Sanchez in memory and honor of his parents, Leo and Trini Sanchez, who emigrated from Mexico to the United States in the 1910s. They found work throughout Central California picking crops until World War II when they both found employment in Richmond, building "Liberty" cargo ships for the war effort. Leo eventually became a body and fender worker in San Jose, California, where he and his wife raised five children. Because of moving around for work, Leo did not have the opportunity to finish high school, but he passed on to his children a strong work ethic and respect for education. The estate he and Trini left behind, allowed his son, Gil, to establish a scholarship to memorialize their dedication to hard work and family, and their desire to be good citizens. Gil's hope is that this scholarship will encourage and help further the education of young people seeking to become architects.