Monterey County Farm Bureau

Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded to Local College Students

2019 Scholarship Winners

Monterey County Farm Bureau, Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers, and American Ag Credit announce the awarding of scholarships for local students attending college in the 2019 / 2020 academic year.

Applicants may be incoming college freshmen, starting or continuing students at a two-year community college or four-year university, or transferring to a four-year college or university, majoring in Agriculture curriculums.  Students must have graduated from high school in Monterey or San Benito Counties.

Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers is a committee of Monterey County Farm Bureau, offering an opportunity for individuals starting their agricultural careers to network and learn more about local crop production.  Monterey County Farm Bureau administers the scholarship awards from American Ag Credit.

American AgCredit supports scholarships for general agricultural studies; agriculturally-related course work such as veterinary care, animal husbandry, and water­shed development; and fields such as accounting, mar­keting or business degrees with a focus on agriculture or farming/ranching.

Fourteen scholarships were awarded to students attending two-year community colleges and four-year universities:

Jessica Aceves is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Monterey County Farm Bureau.  Jessica is a graduate of Gonzales High School and will attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Agriculture Business with a minor in Sales & Marketing.

Anika Baker is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers. Anika is a graduate of Salinas High School and will continue her education at Cuesta Community College, majoring in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture.

Alexandria Burgess is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Monterey County Farm Bureau. Alexandria is a graduate of Salinas High School and will attend University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in Agricultural Science and Education.

Angelita Cisneros-Aguilar is the recipient of $500 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Angelita is a graduate of Soledad High School and will major in Soil Science at Hartnell College.

Morgan Dawes is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Morgan is a graduate of Salinas High School and will attend California State University, Fresno, majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Pre-Vet.

Aaron Fernandez is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Aaron graduated from Soledad High School and attend either California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, or University of California, Davis, majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Pre-Vet.

Adrian Garcia-Romo is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers. Adrian graduated from Everett Alverez High School and will attend California State University, Chico, majoring in Agricultural Science.

Hayden Gray is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Hayden graduated from Salinas High School and will continue to attend California State University, Fresno majoring in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Plant Science.

Guadalupe Lara-Fernandez is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from American AgCredit. Guadalupe graduated from North Monterey County High School and continues to attend California State University, Monterey Bay, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Agribusiness.

Caden Romero is the recipient of a $500.00 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers. Caden graduated from Salinas High School and will be attending Cuesta Community College majoring in Ag Systems Management.

Samantha Santos-Aceves is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from American AgCredit. Samantha graduated from Gonzales High School and will attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Crop Science.

Allyson Tomasello is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers. Allyson graduated from Notre Dame High School and attends California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Agricultural Engineering.

Karin Vargas is the recipient of a $500.00 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Karin is a graduate of HEP at Hartnell College and will continue her education there majoring in Agricultural Production.

Samantha Warren is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Young Farmers & Ranchers.  Samantha is a graduate of San Benito High School and will attend California State University, Fresno, majoring in Agricultural Education (Teacher Prep) with a minor in Plant Science.

All three organizations are pleased to award scholarships each year to deserving students who desire a career in food production or ranching.  Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers works hard to give back to the agricultural community through fundraiser events, bar-b-que services and support of other agricultural non-profit organizations.

Monterey County Farm Bureau has also contributed $6,000 to the Bill Barker Memorial Fund from the proceeds of their annual golf tournament.  This fund is administered by Monterey County Agricultural Education for the Barker family in the name of long-time Farm Bureau Executive Director Bill Barker.  This contribution is used to help defray the costs of the three Farm Day events held each year.