Grants and Scholarship
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Grants &


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Schools in the table grape growing regions of California’s San Joaquin and Coachella valleys are benefiting from grants awarded this academic year by California table grape growers.

In total, 52 education grants worth up to $750 each were awarded to educators with innovative teaching ideas.  These projects, which will be completed in the spring of 2018, are reaching more than 9,000 students.

Click here for summaries of the 52 selected teaching ideas.

The next funding cycle for the Innovation in Teaching education grants will be in the fall of 2018.  For information, contact

The Innovation in Teaching education grants are part of a community service program of the California Table Grape Commission, funded by California’s table grape growers.

AGRICULTURAL scholarships


Sandra Gaylord Scholarship

The California Table Grape Commission, on behalf of the state’s table grape growers, is pleased
to again be offering 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 its future. Up
to three $20,000 four-year scholarships are available to seniors graduating in 2018 or to high
school graduates, including family members of table grape growers.

Applicants must enroll full-time in a California university with a fall 2018 enrollment date and a
declared major tied to a future in the California table grape industry. Examples include soil
science, plant pathology, entomology, sustainable agriculture and food systems, genetics and
plant biology, agricultural education, agricultural communication, agricultural business,
agricultural marketing, horticulture and crop science, botany and plant pathology, agricultural
policy, international marketing, food science, and technology. Other fields may be deemed
applicable. Preference will be given to those with interest in the table grape industry.

The California Table Grape Agricultural Scholarship Program was created in 2012 and is in
addition to the Table Grape Field Worker Scholarship Program, which has been in place for over
30 years.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018; click the link below to download the
electronic application. For more information, contact

 2018 Agricultural Scholarship Application

FIELD WORKER scholarships

young woman rosa lopez with award

California table grape growers have long recognized the importance of supporting the communities
where they live and work. Table grape growers throughout the state volunteer their time and
service for associations, boards, and charitable organizations. In addition, for over 30 years,
California table grape growers have supported their workers and their communities with the
nation’s first worker-focused scholarship program. Since 1985, 129 high school graduates in the
table grape growing regions have received funding to help defray college education costs.

The commission is now accepting applications for the 2018 California Table Grape Field Worker
Scholarship program. Up to three $20,000 scholarships to any four-year California college or
university and up to three $3,500 scholarships to any junior or community college in California are
available to table grape field workers and their children.

Applicants must be 2018 graduating high school seniors or high school graduates. To be eligible,
the student must plan to attend school in California. Preference will be given to those expressing a
commitment to a future in agriculture and/or a career in the table grape industry.

The deadline for all field worker scholarship applications is 5 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018.
For more information, contact

2018 Two-year Field Worker Scholarship Application

2018 Four-year Field Worker Scholarship Application

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Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With more than 85 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red and black—and are in season from May through January.