Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Wilson Artisan Wineries Awards $17,100 in Scholarships to Children of Sonoma County Vineyard Workers

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Twenty students from Sonoma County were selected recipients of the Wilson Artisan Wineries Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarships, a unique program to assist the children of vineyard workers in their pursuit of higher education.

The students are attending Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, U.C. Davis, U.C. Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and San Francisco State University. They are majoring in fields ranging from law to medicine and sociology to biology.

The scholarship program was established in 2001 by Ken and Diane Wilson, owners of Wilson Artisan Wineries, which encompasses eight wineries: Wilson Winery, deLorimier Winery, Soda Rock Winery, Pezzi King Winery, Jaxon Keys Winery, Mazzocco Winery, Matrix Winery, and St. Anne’s Crossing Winery.
This year the total value of the scholarships awarded to students was $17,500.

The 2012 recipients of the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarships are:

Viviana Aguado Zuniga, a graduate of Windsor High School, was awarded $400 for her education at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Miriam Escobar, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $400 for her education at SRJC.

Benigno Merlin, a graduate of Healdsburg High School who attends SRJC, was awarded $500 for his continued education at Sonoma State University.\

Martha Merlin, a graduate of Healdsburg High School who attends SRJC, was awarded $500 for her continued education at SRJC.

Jessica Gonzalez, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $600 for her education at SRJC.

Jose Gonzalez, a graduate of Healdsburg High School who attends SRJC, was awarded $500 for his continued education at SRJC.

Julio Zamora, a graduate of Analy High School who attended U.C. Merced, was awarded $500 for his continued education at SRJC.

Irais Morales, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $500 for her education at SRJC.

Ana Lopez, a graduate of Roseland University High School, was awarded $1,000 for her education at Sonoma State University.

Gabriela Ruiz, a graduate of Cloverdale High School, was awarded $1,000 for her education at Sonoma State University.

Silvestre Parra Gutierrez, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $1,000 for his education at Sonoma State University.

Rebecca Martinez Ruiz, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $1,000 for her education at San Francisco State University.

Mari-Carmen Zamora, a graduate of Analy High School who currently attends San Francisco State Univeristy, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her continued education at San Francisco State.

Celene Rodriguez, a graduate of Cloverdale High School, was awarded $1,000 for her education at Sonoma State University.

Alejandra Solorio, a graduate of Healdsburg High School, was awarded $1,000 for her education at Sonoma State University.

Yessica Gudino-Figueroa, a graduate of Cloverdale High School who currently attends Sonoma State University, was awarded $1,000 for her continued education at Sonoma State.

Oscar Aguado Zuniga, a graduate of Healdsburg High School who currently attends Sacramento State University, was awarded $1,000 for his continued education at Sacramento State.

Rosa Maria Palmerin, a graduate of Piner High School, was awarded $1,200 for her education at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jessica Vazquez, a graduate of Piner High School who currently attends U.C. Davis, was awarded $1,500 for her continued education at Davis.

Monica Vazquez, a graduate of Piner High School, was awarded $1,500 for her education at U.C. Davis.

Wilson Artisan Wineries Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarships are open to students attending a community college, four year college, trade or technical school.  The only requirements are that the student be at least a high school senior, a resident of Sonoma County and the child of a vineyard worker.

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County administers the scholarship funds and applications. Further information about the scholarship program is available from the Farm Bureau Foundation, 707-544-5575.

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