Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association (IVVGA) announced the recipients of its Imperial Valley Produce Scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships is to assist students who wish to launch or continue their studies in agricultural related majors and is only awarded to Imperial Valley students attending a four-year college who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above for students already in college or a grade point average of 3.3 or above for high school students, according to the press release.

This year IVVGA awarded 15 IV Produce Scholarships. The following Imperial Valley graduating high school seniors will receive an Imperial Valley Produce Scholarship:

• Blake Ayala, a graduate of Brawley Union High School, attending Boise State University

• Rachel Chambers, a graduate of Holtville High School, attending Vanguard University

• Emiliano Fuchen, a graduate of Southwest High School, attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

• Josie Hernandez, a graduate of Calexico Union High School, attending UC Davis

• Madison Mills, a graduate of Southwest High School, attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

• Phillip Minnick, a graduate of Imperial High School, attending Oklahoma State University

• Ashlee Rangel, a graduate of Imperial High School, attending Chico State University

The following college students have received the Imperial Valley Produce Scholarship again this year:

• Kimberly Aguirre, a graduate of Calexico Union High School, attending UC Davis

• Sarah Grizzle, a graduate of Holtville High School, attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

• Abigail Hester, a graduate of Holtville High School, attending Oklahoma State University

• Sydney Mange, a graduate of Holtville High School, attending CSU Fresno

• Charles Peraza, a graduate of Brawley Union High School, attending New Mexico State University

• Keeley Poloni, a graduate of Holtville High School, attending UC Davis

• Jacob Sanchez, a graduate of Imperial High School, attending Oklahoma State University

• Kendall Shields, a graduate of Imperial High School, attending Harvard University

The funds for the IVVGA Imperial Valley Produce scholarship were raised by donations from IVVGA members, who have the option to make a voluntary donation with their annual membership renewal, with over 80 percent of them contributing to the scholarship fund. The County of Imperial, through its Ag Benefit fund, will continue to match the scholarship donation to an aggregate maximum of $3,000 per student. IVVGA applauds these impressive students and wishes them the best in their agricultural related studies and careers.

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