Students Awarded More Than $225,000
in Farm Bureau Scholarships
More than 70 students wishing to pursue careers as farmers, ranchers or in
occupations related to agriculture earned $226,200 in scholarships from the
California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation has distributed
more than $2 million in scholarships since its inception in 1955.
The scholarships are awarded based on students' academic achievements,
leadership skills, career goals, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Following interviews with the applicants, the foundation awarded $2,500
in special scholarships to six students:
Ryan Lundberg of Chico won the Howard P. Wackman II
Perpetual Memorial Award, a scholarship named for the late California Farm
Bureau Federation vice president. Lundberg will be a junior this fall at California
State University, Chico, where he majors in agricultural business. He plans to
become a pest control advisor and help on his family’s rice farm.
Gavin Abraham of Livingston earned the Frederick J.
Heringer Honorary Award, a scholarship named for the late CFBF president.
Abraham will be a sophomore at California State University, Fresno, and after
graduation hopes to return home to help run the family farm.
Bronté Phillips of Ceres was granted the Carolyn
Richardson Memorial Award. A senior at California State University, Stanislaus,
Phillips plans to attend law school after graduation to pursue a career in
agricultural law or lobbying. The scholarship is named for the late CFBF
Jacob Carlson of Elk Grove earned the John H. Wiechman
Memorial Award, a scholarship given in memory of the late CFBF Leadership
Development Manager. Carlson will be a sophomore at Fresno State, majoring in
animal science, with plans to pursue a career as a large-animal veterinarian.
Bethany Couchman of Modesto and Joshua Donnelly of
Sacramento were awarded scholarships sponsored by the Agricultural Lenders
Society of California. Couchman is a sophomore at California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo, studying agribusiness. She plans to pursue a
career as a production manager and eventually earn a master’s in business
administration. Donnelly will be a junior at the University of California,
Davis, and majors in managerial economics. He plans to become a beef cattle
producer and commodity market analyst.
A sixth special scholarship category, the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland
Scholarship Award, benefits rangeland-management students who plan careers in
beef or sheep ranching or in range management. Thirty-six students earned Rustici
scholarships for $2,500 or $5,000: Lindsey Affonso, Palo Cedro; Frank Arburua
III, Stockton; Jessica Arndt, Inverness; Erica Bianchi, Gilroy; Bailey Bidwell,
Hat Creek; Kendra Brennan, Sonora; Clayton Brown, San Luis Obispo; Emily Cehrs,
Sanger; Hope Connolly, Tracy; Brandon Denier, Galt; Jaxon Fitzgerald, Palo
Cedro; Sydney Fultz, Modesto; Kathleen Furtado, Bakersfield; Kristine Gomez,
Philomath, Ore.; Bailey Hagata, Susanville; Tom Hardesty, Elk Grove; Jackie
Hardesty, Elk Grove; Justine Henderson, Cottonwood; Natalie Holmberg-Douglas,
Penn Valley; Alison King, Atwater; Leland McDonald, Galt; Cody McDougald,
Friant; Stephen Miller, Tracy; Katie Olagaray, Lodi; Joshua Polich, Visalia;
Weston Roberti, Loyalton; Jacob Rogers, Glennville; Jordan Sparrowk, Clements;
Katie Stroud, Adin; Kaitlin Swickard, Susanville; John Thompson, Hollister;
Grace Tobias, Tres Pinos; Kiah Twisselman, Santa Margarita; Dustin Wallis,
Arcata; Austin Whittle, Susanville; and Lee Yantis, Bakersfield.
California Farm Bureau Scholarship awards of $1,000 to college seniors and
$1,250 to enrolled college students were granted to 36 students: Collin
Abraham, Livingston; Kristin Alamo, Modesto; Suzanne Amaral, Sonoma; Kerilyn
Ambrosini, Ferndale; Hannah Beeler, Escalon; Adrienne Bradley, Grass Valley;
Jana Colombini, Linden; Jason Colombini, Linden; Joshua Dowell, Coarsegold;
Maddie Dunlap, Maxwell; Adelaide Dyer, Alpine; Maddison Easley, Nevada City;
Brandon Emery, Winters; Casey Erickson, Porterville; Katerina Flores, Marina;
Hannah Fortin, Janesville; Francesca Gambonini, Petaluma; Mackenzie Gomes,
Willows; Ben Granholm, Grass Valley; Brea Haller, Imperial; Kimberly Macintosh,
Sutter Creek; Corinne Madison, Acampo; Kellie Mancino, Hollister; Alex Marsh, Arbuckle;
Natalie Massa, Willows; Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill; Jake Odello, Carmel; Taylor
Pires, Los Banos; Katherine Roberti, Loyalton; Courtney Taylor, Yuba City;
Gianna Toso, Hornitos; RaeAnne vanTol, Ramona; Jessica Vazquez, Cottonwood;
Samantha Viano, Martinez; Danielle Wood, Susanville; and Taylor Zumstein,
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and
ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a
nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
Labels: Bethany Couchman of Modesto, Bronté Phillips of Ceres, Gavin Abraham of Livingston, Jacob Carlson of Elk Grove, Joshua Donnelly of Sacramento, Ryan Lundberg of Chico