Tulare County Farm Bureau doubles amounts and awards 22 graduates with agriculture scholarships
TULARE COUNTY – Farmers deal with plummeting markets and increased costs every year, so why should a global pandemic stop them from dolling out scholarships to 22 deserving high school graduates who will someday leading the industry.
The Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Educational and Scholarship charitable trust released its 2020 student recipients in its July newsletter. This year’s Selection Committee reviewed all applications online, and made their selections increasing the amount of funds awarded in many categories. The scholarship and educational programs of the trust are funded annually through the Spring Gala held in March. Fortunately this year’s awards were funded by proceeds of the 2019 event, and the COVID pandemic did not impact the award budget for this year. The 2020 gala was canceled due to the shelter-in-place orders, but donors have been thoughtful in contributing funds this year, and many have rolled their donations over to the 2021 event in anticipation of it being set for next March.
Most awards were increased to a $2,000 award, and others increased from $500 to $1,000 awards.
There are also renewable awards offered by the Scott Shannon Memorial fund, and those students may renew the same amount for four years total. Awards listed below are all awarded by the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s charitable trust. Certain awards are contributed to by families in memoriam, while others are part of the trust’s permanent endowment.
Awards are paid after the student provides verification of their college enrollment, and those verifications are due to the Farm Bureau by September 15 or sooner, as available.
The Tulare County Farm Bureau congratulates all the outstanding students that applied for the awards. This year’s winners are listed below: