UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 650 organizations in California and Arizona, announced today that it has awarded a record $117,000 in college scholarships to 58 children and one spouse from its member-affiliated agricultural families statewide. Provided through UnitedAg’s Agribusiness Education Foundation (AEF), the 2017 awards raise the organization’s historical scholarship total to over $1.3 million since AEF was founded in 2000. To date, 719 agricultural family members have received UnitedAg’s assistance in achieving their educational goals and aspirations. Previous UnitedAg scholarship winners have earned degrees and taken their place in management, government, market development and foreign trade, with many working in agribusiness.

“UnitedAg created the Agribusiness Education Foundation with the conviction that supporting the higher-education aspirations of our members, their employees and their families helps ensure a brighter and stronger future for the agricultural industry, and our society as a whole,” said Anthony Vollering, Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors. “We’re proud of our contributions to the education and lives of the hundreds of students we’ve supported over the years and of the excellence and commitment demonstrated by this year’s record-high 59 scholarship recipients.”

Based on both merit and need, this year’s scholarship awards range in amount from $500 per individual to $8,000 for this year’s recipient of the Maurice McMillan Scholarship, Katherine Miller, whose UnitedAg affiliation is with the Saticoy Lemon Association in Santa Paula. The scholarship funds are for use during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The 2017 UnitedAg scholarship recipients will be honored during luncheon ceremonies across California today, June 13, in Orcutt, June 14 in Oxnard, June 15 in Salinas, and June 21 in Fresno.

UnitedAg is proud to announce the following scholarship recipients:

Scholarship Recipient

College

Member Company

City

Nathalie Marie Aceves

California State University Fresno

River Ranch Farms/ Dairy

Hanford

Ellington Adair

Lee University

SupHerb Farms

Turlock

Marcos Amaro

College of the Sequoias

Pacific Ag Consulting

Visalia

Nayeli Amaro

San Francisco State University

Al Pak Labor

Soledad

Nick Batterman

University of Calif. Santa Barbara

Blanco Farms, LLC

Salinas

Sylvia Benitez

Cal  State Stanislaus

Cal-Western Farming Company

Visalia

Betzy Bras-Gonzalez

UC Hastings College of the Law

Rancho Guadalupe, LLC

Santa Maria

August Brigantino

University of California San Diego

True Leaf Farms

Salinas

Hannah Buckley

Brigham Young University

Pro Pacific Fresh

Durham

Jennifer Burton

Azusa Pacific University

Ippolito International LP

Salinas

Salvador Castaneda

UC Davis

UnitedAg

Salinas

Rachel Costa

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Foothill Packing

Salinas

Christopher Curiel

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Babe Farms, Inc.

Santa Maria

Mariana De Leon Dominguez

Harvard College

Babe Farms Inc.

Santa Maria

Nancy Delgado

Univ of  Kansas School of Medicine

Ventura Pacific Company

Ventura

Tanya Dimas-Guillen

Cal State Univ, Dominguez Hills

Mann Packing

Salinas

Patrick Dotsy

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Leavens Ranches, LLC

Santa Paula

Peyton Fernandez

CA Polytechnic State University

GF Farms

Porterville

Beatriz Garcia

California State University- Fresno

Dover Dairy Farms

Hanford

Venissa Garcia

California State University - Fresno

Nichols Farms

Hanford

Maria Garcia Garcia

UC Santa Barbara

Rancho Sisquoc

Santa Maria

Oscar Garcia-Medina

California State University- Fresno

Dover Dairy Farms

Hanford

Michaela Gurrola

Arizona State University

Pacific International Marketing

Salinas

Spencer Hyosaka

Monterey Peninsula College

Pacific International Marketing

Salinas

Ben Lascano

University of Southern California

Associated Feed and Supply Co.

Turlock

Julie Lascano

California State University Stanislaus

Associated Feed and Supply Co.

Turlock

Sophia Lazzerini

Sonoma State University

Ocean Mist Farms

Castroville

Veronica Leon Vega

CA State University, Monterey Bay

Braga Ranch

Madera

Candice Lopez

California State University Fresno

Cowlifornia Dairy, LLC

Hanford

Sarah McClean

Seattle University

Ocean Mist Farms

Castroville

Jenny McCluskey

Arizona State University

Tehama Angus Ranch

Gerber

Miguel Mendez

Grambling State University

California-Arizona Growers Association

Salinas

Daniel Meza

CA State University, Monterey Bay

Sakai Farms, LLC

Watsonville

Joel Meza

San Jose State University

Sakai Farms, LLC

Watsonville

Miguel Meza

Cabrillo College

Sakai Farms, LLC

Watsonville

Katherine Miller*

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Saticoy Lemon Association

Santa Paula

Victoria Miller

California Lutheran University

Saticoy Lemon Association

Santa Paula

Casey Muth

University of Oregon

Arroyo Grande Mushroom Farm

Arroyo Grande

Denver Noell

College of the Sequoias

Nichols Farms

Hanford

Morgan Noonan

Liberty University

Plant Sciences, Inc.

Watsonville

Parker Noonan

Santa Barbara City College

Plant Sciences, Inc.

Watsonville

Taylor Noonan

Liberty University School of Law

Plant Sciences, Inc.

Watsonville

Diana Pedraza

Allan Hancock College

West Coast Packing

Santa Maria

Victor Penera

San Diego State University

Braga Ranch

Madera

Vanessa Azucena Pinon

Allan Hancock College

West Cost Packing

Santa Maria

Xochilt A. Puga

California State University Fresno

Main Street Produce

Santa Maria

Andrea Ramirez-Maldonado

CA State University Monterey Bay

Pacific International Marketing

Salinas

Eduardo Rodriguez

CA State Polytechnic Pomona

Ocean Breeze International/ MOBIS

Carpinteria

Patrice Rodriguez

CA State University, Monterey Bay

Green Rubber Kennedy Ag

Spreckels

Sandy Rubio

West Hills Community College

The Neil Jones Food Company - TOMA-TEK

Firebaugh

Sierra Slighton

Feather River College

Pro Pacific Fresh

Durham

Madeline Stehly

Millersville University of PA

Nick Stehly Farms Inc.

Valley Center

Thomas Stehly

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Nick Stehly Farms Inc.

Valley Center

Katelyn Stelljes

Cal State Chico

Dura Plastic Products, Inc.

Beaumont

Alicia Toche

Allan Hancock College

West Coast Packing

Santa Maria

Rocio Velazquez

CA State University, Sacramento

Christopher Ranch

Gilroy

Elvia Velazquez

University of California - Davis

Christopher Ranch

Gilroy

Amy Zamora

Undecided

Main Street Produce

Santa Maria

Jairi Osiris Zurita Lita

California State, Northridge

West Coast Packing

Santa Maria

* Maurice McMillan Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient is the top scholarship awarded each year

The primary sources of fundraising for the UnitedAg scholarships are the AEF’s Annual Golf Tournament, Walkathon and Silent Auction, as well as individual donations of cash and gifts-in-kind for use in the Silent Auction. To learn more about the scholarship program or to give a gift-in-kind for use in the Silent Auction, visit www.unitedag.org/education-and-youth/give-your-support/ or call (800) 223-4590. To make a cash donation online, visit www.unitedag.org/donate/.