Field Worker Scholarships
For 30 years, California's table grape growers have funded a worker-focused scholarship program. Through this program, over 100 scholarships have been awarded to California table grape field workers and their children.
This year, three $20,000 scholarships to four-year universities and one $3,500 scholarship to a two-year school were awarded to children of table grape field workers from the growing regions in California.
$20,000 Four-Year Field Worker Scholarship Recipients
Ms. Vanessa Serrato Meza is a graduate of Desert Mirage High School in the Coachella Valley, and will be attending the University of California, San Diego in the fall to study human biology. Vanessa, having immigrated to the U.S. at eight years old, was interactive with others in her community by tutoring and assisting in their studies while taking numerous Advanced Placement and honor courses at her high school. She plans to use the scholarship to continue her education and someday return to her community to help those in need.
Ms. Diana Valenzuela is a graduate of McFarland High School, where she ranked at the top of her graduating class with a weighted GPA of 4.39. Diana was a team co-captain on varsity softball, the senior class secretary and a recreation leader in an after school program where she led activities for hundreds of elementary school students. Crediting her parents who came to the U.S. from Mexico and their diligence as her main motivation, Diana plans to study civil engineering at the University of Southern California with the goal of giving back to her community by building safe public utilities such as roads, buildings and bridges. Diana will be a first-generation college student.
Ms. Lissette Garcia is a graduate of McFarland High School, and plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to study biochemistry. As a member of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), Associated Student Body (ASB) and the Roaring Leos, Lissete has participated in canned food drives, served as a math tutor, volunteered at the migrant program and elementary school functions, and completed various fundraising activities. Lissette, whose parents she says embedded hard work into her, will be a first-generation college student.
$3,500 Two-Year Field Worker Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Maria Lozano is a graduate from Reedley High School, and plans to study for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in medical assisting at Heald College. Maria was very involved in high school, being active with the Spanish Club, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), California Scholarship Federation, Generation Green and was secretary of the Migrant Club, while volunteering in school and community activities. Maria came from Mexico to the U.S. when she was a baby, and refers to her parents as her heroes. She has dreamed of becoming a registered nurse for years. Maria will be a first-generation college student.
Scholarships will be offered again next year, with applications for 2015 available in the fall of 2014. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.