Students in California’s grape growing regions have been awarded scholarships to help them attend college, thanks to table grape growers. Three $20,000 four-year agricultural scholarships were awarded in 2016. Below are this year’s winners:
Mr. Jacob Willhite is a graduate of Sierra Pacific High School with a weighted GPA of 3.87. Jacob plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in agriculture education with a career goal of becoming an agricultural teacher. He was a member of 4-H and FFA and also a Link Crew Leader, helping freshman adjust to high school.
Ms. Kaitlyn Garcia is a graduate of Frontier High School with a weighted GPA of 3.78. She plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in crop science, with a career goal of becoming a pest control advisor. Kaitlyn was a member of FFA and also a cheerleader.
Ms. Lauren Barlow is a graduate of Hanford High School with a weighted GPA of 3.97. She plans to attend California State University, Fresno and major in plant breeding and genetics, with a career goal of becoming a plant geneticist. Lauren was a member of FFA, where she attended the national convention in Louisville, Kentucky. She was also a four-year athlete on the Hanford High water polo and swim teams.
It is expected that in the 2017 school year, the California Table Grape Commission, on behalf of the state’s table grape growers, will again offer up to three $20,000 four-year agricultural scholarships to students residing in the Coachella or San Joaquin valleys who are interested in building a career in the California table grape industry and investing their undergraduate years of study in academic areas of importance to the industry’s future. The scholarships would be available to seniors graduating in 2017 or to high school graduates, including members of table grape growing families.
Scholarship applications will be made available in the fall of 2016 for enrollment in the 2017 school year.
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