Building Skills Partnership

Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund


The Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund was established to honor Mike Garcia, who demonstrated extraordinary integrity and dedication to working families across California.

With the rising cost of education and diminishing public funding, college scholarships become even more critical. Nearly all of the children of property service workers are first-generation college students. Every night, their parents work hard to keep offices clean and safe for tenants and office workers across the state.  The majority dream of their children attending college, but unfortunately the combination of their low-wages and the increasing cost of tuition prevent many from providing the financial support needed for their children to attend college.

The Mike Garcia Scholarship is part of Building Skills Partnership and established as an endowment to honor the legacy and vision of Mike Garcia. With the partnership of SEIU-USWW, we continue to provide the financial support for the children of janitors to attain a higher education.

There are 3 ways to donate:

2. Write a check to Building Skills Partnership

c/o Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund

828 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015

3. Submit a pledge form

*Your gift is tax-deductible.  Building Skills Partnership is a 501(c)3 organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.  Federal Tax ID number: 26-1254255.

Save the Date!

Mike Garcia Scholarship Gala

August 29, 2019

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities available for purchase at

For more information, please contact Luis Sandoval, Development Director at

*For more on the Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund, visit the official website.

About Mike Garcia

Since beginning his career with SEIU-United Service Workers West in 1980, Mike’s commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of immigrant workers has inspired statewide campaigns, helping janitors and their families achieve social and economic justice across California.

The son of a Union factory worker, Mike worked as a janitor to support his own college education. Mike shared his vision for the American dream not only through his vital contributions to the fight for workers’ rights, but by elevating higher education opportunities for immigrant janitors’ children.