The Santa Fe Community College Foundation announced it will honor former Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales with an endowed scholarship in his name.

In a news release, Jeffery Szabat, president of the foundation's board of directors, said the endowment will commemorate Gonzales through scholarships for students who need financial help to pursue higher education.

Gonzales, mayor from 2014-18, died of cancer in February. At the time of his death, he served as vice president and chief development officer of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

A variety of corporate donors have raised about $50,000 for the scholarship fund. Contributors may donate to the Javier Gonzales Memorial Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship at

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