Friends of the Dixon Fair to
Award $12,500 in College Scholarships
Friends of the Dixon May Fair will award a total of $12,500 in college
scholarships to seven Solano County students enrolled in a California college
and majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field.
deadline to apply for the scholarships is 5 p.m., March 1.
Friends will award four scholarships for those enrolled in a four-year college,
and three scholarships for those enrolled in a two-year college. Over the
last 11 years, they’ve awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships
to Solano County students pursuing an agricultural-related career.
top student in the four-year college category will receive the $3000 Ester
Armstrong Memorial Scholarship, memorializing the former Dixon May Fair chief
executive officer. Three other scholarships, at $2000 each, will be given in
the four-year college category. For two-year college students, the awards
are: the Jack Hopkins Memorial Scholarship of $1500; and two scholarships at
Friends of the Fair, an all-volunteer group headed by Donnie Huffman of
Vacaville, is the fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair and raises funds
through the sale of beverages.
Solano County residents planning a career in agriculture of an
agricultural-related field are eligible to apply, said JoAnn Giannoni of Dixon,
the scholarship chair. They must be enrolled in or accepted for
enrollment in a four-year accredited college or university or an accredited
community college located in California. Applicants must be majoring in
an agricultural-related field, which can encompass dozens of majors, including
agricultural business, forestry, pomology, nematology, plant pathology,
viticulture, wildlife and fisheries biology, and child, family and consumer
said the recipients are selected on their personal, civic and academic
experience, academic standing, personal commitment and goals, leadership
potential, civic accomplishments, and agricultural interests. Desired but not
mandatory is 4-H, FFA or Grange experience.
applicant must submit a personal statement of no more than two typed pages,
double-spaced, explaining "why you are pursuing your desired career and
what you hope to accomplish," Giannoni said.
must have a minimum grade point average or 2.0 or be a student in good
standing. They are to include a copy of their transcript (accumulative and
current), along with two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from
a professional educator.
year Jordan Dosker of Vacaville, an animal science major at California
Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, received the Esther Armstrong Memorial
Award Scholarship. Kyle Garlick of Dixon, an ag business major at Butte
College, won the $1,500 Jack Hopkins Memorial Award.
receiving scholarships in the four-year college category were Stephanie
Calestini, a 2011 Dixon High School graduate majoring in agriculture at Cal
Poly; Emily Lamb, a 2013 Armijo High School graduate studying animal
nutrition at Cal Poly; Maria Kogler, a 2013 graduate of Rio Vista High School
who will be attending California State University Chico. Each received $2000.
the two-year community college category, two young women each received $1000:
Danielle McCants, a graduate of Vacaville High School who is studying equine
dentistry and animal science at Sacramento City College; and Kaycie Shea Reeb,
a 2013 graduate of Dixon High School who will be attending Solano Community
College and then transferring to Sacramento State College. McCants and Reeb
packet must include one set of originals and one set of copies of each of the
required forms. Only official Friends of the Fair application forms will be accepted,
Giannoni said, and only complete packets will be considered.
scholarship winners can re-apply up to four times. Other eligibility
criteria is on the Friends’ website at http://www.friendsofthefair.org/scholarship.php.
Completed application packets must be postmarked no later than
5 p.m. on March 1, and mailed to the Scholarship Committee,
Friends of the Fair Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 242, Dixon, CA
All scholarship checks
will be paid directly to the recipient upon receipt of
proof of enrollment, Gianonni said. All monies may be used only for
tuition, fees, books, materials and supplies, housing and meals purchased on
will be notified by mail after April 15 and will be announced at the
Dixon May Fair.
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