Grapes
 

Field Worker Scholarships

 

For over 30 years, California's table grape growers have funded a worker-focused scholarship program.  Through this program, more than 100 scholarships have been awarded to California table grape field workers and their children.

 

In 2015, three $20,000 scholarships to four-year universities and two $3,500 scholarships to community colleges were awarded to children of table grape field workers from the growing regions in California.

 

$20,000 Four-year Field Worker Scholarships

 

Ms. Maria Torres Ramos is a graduate of Porterville High School, and will be attending University of California, Los Angeles to major in mathematics.  Maria was a valedictorian and a top student in her class with a 4.0 GPA.  She has the goal of becoming a teacher and creating a tutoring center.  Her mother, Maria D. Ramos, worked in the table grape harvest for Delano Farms during the 2014-15 season.

Scott Quashnick, Delano Farms, awards Maria Torres Ramos a four-year $20,000 field worker scholarship. 

 

Ms. Sonia Velasco is a graduate of McFarland High School, where she ranked at the top of her graduating class with a weighted GPA of 4.42.  Sonia will be attending Stanford University to major in computer engineering to pursue a career in the engineering or computer industry.  Her mother, Cecilia Velasco, worked in the table grape harvest for Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons during the 2014-15 season.

Gene Coughlin, Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, awards Sonia Velasco a four-year $20,000 field worker scholarship.

 

Ms. Maria Lizeth Ruiz Herrejon is a graduate of Paramount Academy, and will attend University of California, San Diego to major in engineering with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D.  Lizeth is a valedictorian and graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.41.  Her father, Gabriel Ruiz, worked in the table grape harvest for Pandol Brothers during the 2014-15 season.

Lizeth Ruiz is awarded a four-year $20,000 field worker scholarship.

 

$3,500 Two-year Field Worker Scholarships

 

Ms. Cecilia Felix is a graduate of Porterville High School, and will attend Porterville College with the career goal of becoming a nurse.  Cecilia graduated with a 3.6 GPA and as the oldest of four siblings, is proud to be the first in her family to go to college.  Her mother, Nancy Ramirez, worked in the table grape harvest for Sun Pacific during the 2014-15 season.

Nathan Longcrier, Sun Pacific, awards Cecilia Felix a $3,500 two-year field worker scholarship.

 

Ms. Jennifer Ramos Quevedo is a graduate from Porterville High School with a 3.16 GPA.  Jennifer will attend Porterville College and plans to eventually pursue a degree at University of California, Davis and a career as a veterinarian.  Her father, Jorge Ramos, worked in the table grape harvest for Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons during the 2014-15 season.

John D. Zaninovich, Merritt Farms, awards Jennifer Ramos Quevedo a $3,500 two-year field worker scholarship.

 

For more information on 2016 applications, contact scholarship@grapesfromcalifornia.com.