Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Education

UnitedAg Announces Winners of AEF 2024 Educational & Vocational Scholarship Program

UnitedAg is thrilled to unveil the recipients of the AEF 2024 Educational and Vocational Scholarship Program, showcasing the achievements of thirty-five exceptional students associated with agricultural companies in California and Arizona. These deserving individuals have been selected to receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, in recognition of their dedication to academic excellence and commitment to the agricultural industry.

Since its inception in 1989, UnitedAg has been steadfast in its mission to support the educational pursuits of its members, empowering students to pursue their dreams through financial assistance. Over the years, UnitedAg has awarded over $1.8 million in grants to more than 1,100 students, providing crucial support for educational, post-secondary, and vocational endeavors.

One such remarkable scholar, Bridget Sanchez, recipient of the Maurice McMillan Scholarship, shared her heartfelt gratitude for the transformative impact of the AEF scholarship program. As a first-generation Latina, Bridget has overcome numerous obstacles on her journey to higher education. With the support of communities like AEF, she has been able to pursue her lifelong dream of earning a master's degree, breaking down cultural, mental, and financial barriers along the way.

Reflecting on her journey, Bridget expressed, “For me, this scholarship represents more than just financial aid—it signifies an opportunity to shatter generational barriers and pave the way for future success. With immense gratitude to AEF and all those who have contributed to my journey, I am inspired to make my younger self proud and ignite hope and determination for generations to come.”

UnitedAg remains committed to fostering the next generation of agricultural leaders, empowering students like Bridget to realize their full potential and make a meaningful impact in their communities and beyond.

This year’s AEF Educational & Vocational Scholarship winners are:

Aaron Lee

Diamond Bar, CA

UnitedAg

Adelia Guerrero

Buckeye, AZ

Duncan Family Farms

Adeline Scott

Oroville, CA

Basin Irrigation & Drainage Authority

Akasha Casillas

Salinas, CA

RAMCO Enterprises

Amber Snook

Arroyo Grande, CA

Babe Farms, Inc.

America Huipio-Piedra

Visalia, CA

Nichols Farms, Inc.

Ana Carolina Valencia-Covarrubias

Los Angeles, CA

Valley Farm Management

Andrew Zendejas

Berkeley, CA

Foothill Packing

Bianka Sanchez

Visalia, CA

Nichols Farms, Inc.

Brianna Thompson

Nipomo, CA

Plantel Nurseries

Bridget Sanchez*

Dana Point, CA

UnitedAg

Caiden Wallace

Springville, CA

Lindsay Strathmore Irrigation District

Catherine Regan

Tucson, AZ

Regan Distributor's, Inc.

Christina Morley

Garden Grove, CA

UnitedAg

Daisy Picazo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Foothill Packing

Dominic Odegaard

San Luis Obispo, CA

Plant Sciences, Inc.

Emily Cerney

San Luis Obispo, CA

Camerion C. Kaelin Farming

Evelin Bribiesca

Guadalupe, CA

Rancho Guadalupe

Idalia Bucio Rodriguez

Santa Maria, CA

Plantel Nurseries

Jaine Trujillo

Salinas, CA

The Nunes Company, Inc.

Jason Harrell

Salinas, CA

The Nunes Company, Inc.

Kaitlyn Kampmann

Lexington, KY

K&S Spreading and Hauling

Landon Trinh

Garden Grove, CA

UnitedAg

Leily Elizabeth Arizaga Garcia

Los Angeles, CA

Braga Ranch

Leo Ramirez

Santa Maria, CA

Rancho Guadalupe

Madison Williams***

Tipton, CA

Moovin Transport

Maggie Farlow

Chico, CA

Farmers Brewery Co., LLC

Maria Villicana

Salinas, CA

RAMCO Enterprises

Max Bucio

Santa Maria, CA

Rancho Guadalupe

Max Landon**

Durham, CA

Landon Enterprises, Inc.

Sierra Dorf-Cardenas

Santa Cruz, CA

Rijk Zwaan

Teagan Haley

San Luis Obispo, CA

Vertical Foods

Thomas Nunes

Salinas, CA

The Nunes Company, Inc.

Yadira Rendon

Soledad, CA

McIntyre Labor Services, Inc.

Richard Tran****

Irvine, CA

UnitedAg

Applicants for the awards underwent a rigorous selection process, which included submitting comprehensive applications comprising their high school or college details, along with an essay responding to a specific question. Additionally, applicants were required to provide a personal statement outlining their motivations for seeking the scholarship and how receiving it would contribute to their educational goals. The Education Committee, composed of dedicated UnitedAg members, meticulously reviewed each application to identify the most deserving candidates.

To honor the recipients and celebrate their achievements, scholarship award ceremonies have been scheduled throughout California and Arizona. These ceremonies serve as a testament to the dedication and excellence of the scholarship winners.

About UnitedAg:

UnitedAg is a prominent organization that represents more than 1,000 agriculture-affiliated member companies. Their mission is to assist members in meeting their employee benefits needs, advocate for their interests with lawmakers, and ensure compliance with health legislation and regulations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, UnitedAg has offices in Irvine and Salinas, as well as wellness centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California. UnitedAg provides benefits to over 55,000 agricultural workers in California and Arizona. For more information about AEF and its programs, please visit unitedag.org/aef.

For more information about UnitedAg's scholarship programs, please contact Jessica Lopez at 800.223.4590 or jlopez@unitedag.org.

* Maurice McMillan Scholarship
** William C. Goodrich Scholarship
*** Woman in Agriculture Scholarship
**** Vocational Scholarship

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