Wednesday, 05 August 2020

California Women for Agriculture awards $3,000 in scholarships

Abbey Brown. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, or CWA, is pleased to announce its 2020 scholarship recipients for 2020-2021 academic year.

Three students have been selected; each student having been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Abbey Brown is a Middletown High School graduate and plans to attend Cal Poly and major in their Animal Science program. She expressed her passion for agriculture and feeding the world in sustainable ways.

Brown has spent more than 200 hours giving back to her community on top of a rigorous school schedule, participation in sports and working a part-time job.

Robert Chavez. Courtesy photo.

Robert Chavez is a graduate of Kelseyville High School. Chavez has spent his summers working on local ranches and vineyards and plans to attend a four-year university with the ultimate goal of a masters in viticulture and enology.

He said in his application, “I love learning, working hard and getting dirty.” Chavez is active in many extracurricular activities and is described as a “terrific leader” by his science teacher.

Rebecca Harper is a second-year recipient of our scholarship award and is a student at Oklahoma State University. She is studying animal science with a livestock production option.

Harper wishes to return to Lake County once completing her education and own her own production swine facility, in addition to pursuing a career as a feed company representative. She worked in our local farm bureau office this past summer and was described as an “invaluable asset.”

Rebecca Harper. Courtesy photo.

Lake County California Women for Agriculture is an all-volunteer grassroots agricultural support organization, committed to maintaining a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.

CWA members believe California agriculture needs to be protected for our future generations by educating consumers, policymakers and our membership. They provide the information, skills and network so our volunteers can make a difference at the local, state and federal levels.

The founding principle is to ensure and maintain a “seat at the table” for all of California’s farmers and ranchers. CWA has a strong commitment to education and agricultural awareness

Each spring the Lake County California Women for Agriculture offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college or vocational students whose educational emphasis is related to agriculture. Since 2013, the chapter has awarded nearly $38,000 in scholarships to local students.

For more information about Lake County CWA and its scholarship program go to http://www.lakecountycwa.org .

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