Field Worker Scholarships
Students in California’s grape growing regions have been awarded scholarships to help them attend college, thanks to table grape growers. Seven field worker scholarships were awarded in 2016: three $20,000 four-year field worker scholarships, three $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges, and a onetime, Martin J. Zaninovich $20,000 four-year field worker scholarship. Below are this year’s winners:
Two-year California Table Grape Field Worker Scholarship
Mr. Angel Acevedo is a graduate of Harmony Magnet Academy with a weighted GPA of 3.04. He plans to attend Porterville College with a career goal of becoming a social worker. Angel spent many hours assisting students with special needs and encouraging and mentoring incoming freshman at his high school. Angel’s father, David Acevedo, is a long-time supervisor with Vincent B. Zaninovich and Sons, Inc. in Richgrove.
Ms. Cindy Cisneros is a graduate of Reedley High School with a weighted GPA of 3.58. She plans to attend Reedley College and pursue a career as a dentist. Cindy was a member of the academic decathlon team and Generation Green Club. Her mother, Minerva Cisneros Torres, worked in the harvest for several table grape growers in the Exeter area in the 2015-16 season.
Ms. Fabiola Porras is a graduate of Sanger High School with a weighted GPA of 3.23. Fabiola plans to attend Fresno City College with a career goal of becoming a medical assistant. She spent many hours after school in programs designed to help her with her goal of working in the medical field. Her father, Victor Porras, is a long-time employee of Circle K Ranch in Fowler.
Four-year California Table Grape Field Worker Scholarship
Ms. Andrea Marin-Contreras is a graduate of Riverdale High School with a weighted GPA of 4.03. Andrea plans to attend University of California, San Diego and major in English, with a career goal of becoming a writer or journalist. Andrea was a member of the honor roll at her school, a member of the varsity basketball team and taught catechism to younger children at her local church. Her mother, Carmen Contreras, worked for Sandridge Partners in Corcoran in the 2015-16 season.
Ms. Araceli Garcia-Perez plans to attend University of California, Irvine with a major in nursing, and has a career goal of becoming a registered nurse. She graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.20 from Desert Mirage High School. Araceli was a member of AVID, the junior varsity basketball team, and volunteer for Building Healthy Communities. Araceli’s parents, Maria Consuelo Garcia and Jose Jaime Garcia, are both employees of Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. in Mecca.
Ms. Guadalupe Melgoza-Ortiz plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona to major in mathematics and has a career goal of becoming a pediatrician. Guadalupe is a graduate of Desert Mirage High School with a weighted GPA of 4.13. She was a member of the National Honor Society, AVID, and a member of her church’s youth group. Her parents both worked for several table grape growers in the Thermal area in the 2015-16 season.
Four-year Martin J. Zaninovich Table Grape Field Worker Scholarship
Ms. Valeria Garcia is a graduate of McFarland High School with a weighted GPA of 4.42. Valeria plans to attend University of California, Berkeley and major in mathematics. She was the class valedictorian, a delegate to Girls State, a volunteer for Read Across America, and volunteers for her local church. Her mother, Maria Garcia, worked in the harvest for Sunview and Sun Pacific in the McFarland area in the 2015-16 season.
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 field worker scholarships. Up to three $20,000 field worker scholarships to any four-year California college or university and up to three $3,500 field worker scholarships to any junior or community college in California would be made available to table grape field workers and their children. Applicants must be 2017 graduating high school seniors or high school graduates.
Scholarship applications will be made available in the fall of 2016 for the 2017 school year.
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