EL CENTRO â€“ One of the areas supported for funding by the Board of Supervisors is education, specifically, scholarships for Imperial County students majoring in agriculture. During Tuesdayâ€™s board meeting, the supervisors presented 33 qualifying students with scholarships to use towards continuing their education.
On June 28, the board approved a 100 percent match for all qualifying scholarships for the 2016 Agriculture Benefit Scholarship Matching Program resulting in a cumulative total of $56,450 that was disbursed amongst the 33 recipients.
A variety of local farm organizations compiled scholarshipÂ information forÂ the benefit scholarship match. To qualify for the match, scholarships must go to an Imperial County student, and the organizationâ€™s scholarship criteria must show that the student is majoring in agriculture or a closely related field.
The Imperial County Agriculture Benefit Program was established to mitigate losses to agriculture production, agriculture jobs, and local economy resulting from renewable energy development on farmland in Imperial County.
According to Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner Connie Valenzuela, this yearâ€™s contributions by local farm organizations was significantly higher than in 2015 where the total was $45,400 due to the farmers raising more money and presenting qualifying scholarships for consideration in the Agriculture Benefit matches.
Agriculture Benefit Scholarship Program 2016 Scholarship recipients include: Cameron Abatti, Ciera Allen, Kassandra Buzo, Remington Campbell, Tiffany Canez, Derek Denton, Kaya Denton, Kyle Deol, Shelby Dill, Victoria Garay Rosales, Carlos Gomez, Jerryca Haller, Emily Herzog, Joshua Klockman,, Kaycee Larios, Amanda Leckband, Paige Maring, Cristobal Martinez Cortez, Mikalla McFadden, Alicyn Monita, Nash Ohland, John Pacheco, Dawson Pfister, Jonathan Phillips, Victoria Quinn, Diana Ramirez, Misaila Sampson, Hunter Singh, Megan Smedley, Taylor Torrez, Conner Trimm, Joshua Trimm and Deena Walker.
For more information on the Agriculture Benefit Scholarship Program, visit the Agricultural Commissionerâ€™s website or contact the Agricultural Commissionerâ€™s Office at (442) 265-1500.[envira-gallery id=”82524″]