We are thrilled to announce that Imperial Valley California Women for Agriculture were able to award four scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year! These young women have had their share of academic challenges with Covid-19 interruptions to senior year of high school for some and uncertainty over the start of Fall 2020. We are pleased our chapter is able to support them during this time and hope to grow the scholarship program in the future to support even more women from the Imperial Valley in their academic endeavors in the pursuit of a career in agriculture. Our award recipients for this year completed a scholarship application and a Zoom meeting with the Scholarship Committee. Our committee was made up of four members, including Kate Elmore McCutcheon, Judy Tagg, Kelly Bishop, and Shelby Dill.
Our first recipient was Jessica Friley of Brawley received a scholarship of $250.00. Jessica is a graduate of Brawley Union High School and will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Fall as a Freshman. Jessica plans to major in Animal Science and pursue a career as a veterinarian. Jessica also hopes to return to the Imperial Valley to provide veterinarian services to large and small animals as well as support our local cattle industry.
Our next recipient of a $250.00 scholarship is Sydney Mange of Holtville. Sydney graduated from Holtville High School in 2018 and will be returning to Fresno State University in the Fall as a junior. Sydney is majoring in agricultural education with a focus in Animal Science. She plans to complete her Agricultural Specialist Credential and master’s degree to become a high school agriculture teacher.
Our next recipient of a $250.00 Scholarship is Abigail Hester of Holtville. A recent graduate of Holtville High School, Abigail will be attending Oklahoma State University in the Fall as a Freshman and majoring in Agricultural Education. She hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher and inspire her students to explore agriculture and build future leaders.
Our final recipient of a $250.00 Scholarship is Anika-Renee Herrera from Calexico. A recent graduate of Calexico High School, Anika will be pursuing a degree in Animal Science with the hope of returning to Imperial Valley as a veterinarian. Anika was accepted to Oklahoma State University and has decided to defer her start date due to Covid-19. We know Anika will be pursuing her dreams of working with animals soon enough!