Five central San Joaquin Valley high school graduates received scholarships from the California Table Grape Commission.
Four students each received a $20,000 four-year agriculture scholarship: John Taylor Ball, a Clovis West graduate headed to California State University, Fresno; Adilene Gonzalez, a Hanford High graduate also headed to Fresno State; Julia Reese, a Clovis North graduate headed to University of California at Davis; and Cristiano Alves, a Kingsburg High graduate headed to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Maria Lozano, a Reedley High graduate, received a $3,500 two-year field worker scholarship. She plans to attend Heald College.
Four other students from California also received scholarships, including two from McFarland: Diana Valenzuela (headed to University of Southern California) and Lissette Garcia (UCLA) each received $20,000 scholarships.
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Five of the scholarships went to children of table grape field workers.
More than 100 scholarships have been awarded to field workers and their children from the table grape-growing regions of California in the program's 30-year history. Recently, scholarships were added for students who plan to pursue careers in agriculture.
Applications for 2015 scholarships will be available this fall at www.grapesfromcalifornia.com.