Farm Bureau Awards 26 Students With Scholarships

By Candace Nelson
After reviewing stacks of applications, essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation, the Farm Bureau scholarship committee has selected 26 deserving local students to receive scholarships.
In both the number of scholarships given and total amount of money distributed – nearly $25,000 – this is the Farm Bureau’s largest year yet for scholarships, thanks to the many individuals and companies in the Imperial Valley who either supported the Farm Bureau BBQ or offered direct donations toward one of the five scholarship funds the Farm Bureau manages.
Scholarship recipients range from freshmen just embarking on their college careers to graduate students who are already deeply involved with hands-on research projects that will have meaningful effects on the agriculture industry.
Since the program began, Imperial County Farm Bureau has distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarships to local students. As of 2012, Farm Bureau manages five scholarship funds, with a sixth scheduled to be introduced in 2013.
The Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship is funded by the annual Farm Bureau Scholarship BBQ, with net proceeds from the April event distributed each summer to local students pursuing college degrees. The Matt LaBrucherie Memorial, Vern Highley Memorial and Raul Rodriguez Memorial Scholarships are funded by individual donations in memory of each of these men. And the Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year Scholarship is funded by Farm Credit Services Southwest in honor of the current Farmer of the Year (currently Neal Jack). Each student who applies for a Farm Bureau scholarship is applying to all of the Farm Bureau’s scholarship programs.
In June, the Farm Bureau also established a Jack and Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship. The first scholarships from this fund will be distributed in 2013 using donations received in honor of this highly respected couple.
Applicants must complete a questionnaire with details about their academic, community and agricultural activities and experience, financial information, GPA and other statistical details. Then they are required to write a brief essay touching on a few key questions about themselves, including their plans for the future, their proudest achievement, and challenges they expect to face over the course of their education.
Students are selected based on their academic achievements, community involvement, leadership qualities, written expression, and involvement with the agriculture industry. Scholarship amounts this year ranged from $500 to $2,000 based on each student’s achievements and financial need.
Students interested in applying for a Farm Bureau scholarship can watch the Farm Bureau web site at www.icfb.net or call the Farm Bureau office at 760-352-3831. Applications are usually distributed in February of each year, with completed applications due in late April or early May.
Anyone who is interested in donating toward one of the Farm Bureau’s scholarship funds can contact Farm Bureau at 760-352-3831. Donations go wholly and directly into scholarships for local students.

Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship
Preston Hutchinson
Brawley Union High School
2nd year Arizona Western College
Taylor Ortiz
Brawley Union High School
4th year University of Idaho, Moscow
Kayanna Gilbert
Imperial High School
3rd year Northern Arizona University
Robert Phillips
Holtville High School 2
nd year Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Julia Whittle
Brawley Union High School
1st year
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Leilani Solomon
Brawley Union High School
1st year Imperial Valley College

Vern Highley Memorial Scholarship
Lindsey Stiff
Holtville High School
4th year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Maureen Croak
Holtville High School
3rd year Imperial Valley College
Amanda van Leeuwen
Imperial High School
1st year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Brea Haller
Imperial High School
2nd year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Kylee Singh Brawley Union High School Master’s program, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Matt LaBrucherie Memorial Scholarship
Cory Hanks
Brawley Union High School Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Kassandra Buzo
Brawley Union High School
1st year Cal Poly Pomona
Allison Cameron
Southwest  High School
3rd year Texas Tech University
Christina Dammarell
Valley Academy home school
2nd year Bethel College, Indiana
Courtney Miller
Brawley Union High School
3rd year Oklahoma State University
Wesley Deen
Imperial High School
2nd year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
David Theuret
Brawley Union High School
3rd year University of California, Riverside
John “Steven” McFaddin
Southwest High School
Imperial Valley College
Katlyn Locher
Locher Academy home school
1st year Imperial Valley College

Raul Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
Brooke Bradshaw
Holtville High School
2nd year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Lucio Zepeda
Calexico High School
3rd year Cal Poly Pomona
Joshua Klockmann
Brawley Union High School
1st year Cal Poly Pomona
Lesly Larios
Holtville High School
1st year Cal Poly Pomona

Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year Scholarship
in honor of Neal Jack
Cheyenne Ayala
Brawley Union High School
4th year Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Deborah de la Riva
Southwest High School
Ph.D. / Masters program, University of California, RIverside

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