July 31, 2010 (Escondido)– Eleven San Diego County agriculture students have been awarded scholarships from the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. This year, the San Bureau's Scholarship Committee awarded $16,000 in varying amounts to the students.
“We had a 22 applications submitted this year, with several students again being repeat recipients,” said SDCFB Scholarship Chair Janet Silva Kister. “Word is getting out that the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program has some serious money available to agriculturally directed college students. And it’s fascinating to see the wide range of career goals these applicants have, all under the agriculture industry umbrella.”
“These recipients show a wide range of student achievements, a variety of ag experiences, and plenty of high grades in their chosen field,” said Fred Ceballos, who has served eight years on Farm Bureau’s scholarship committee. “As they gain college experience, I can see in their applications that they are getting a better feel for the real world and where they fit into it. It’s so rewarding to serve on this committee and see how the students grow through their college years, and, for repeat scholarship recipients, to see how they are shaping their goals and ideals.”
The San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program began in 1999, with the primary source of scholarship funds coming from private donations and named scholarship awards. The balance is raised from the organization’s annual fall Scholarship Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for Thursday, Sept. 16 at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall.
San Diego County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit trade organization with more than 7,000 members. It has operated since 1913 with the mission to represent San Diego County agriculture through public relations, education and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.
Student Residence School Career Goal
Emily Cary Alpine Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Equine Vet
Adelaide Dyer* Alpine Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Ag Communications
Jena Glasgow* Ramona Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Vet/Dairy Industry
Rob Hillebrecht Escondido Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Ag Engineering
Margaret Maratsos* Fallbrook Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Ag Teacher
Madison Maximo Pine Valley CSU Fresno Professor Ag Business
Mathew Mellott Lakeside CSU Fresno Ag Business
Marissa Tescier* Fallbrook Oklahoma State, Stillwater Animal Nutrition/Journalism
Ariel Vieweg Encinitas UC Davis PR for USDA
Katie Wagner* Lakeside Modesto Jr. College Veterinarian
Taylor Zumstein Fallbrook Cal Poly, Pomona Ag Marketing
*Past SDCFB scholarship recipient