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Farm Bureau Foundation Awards More Than $135,000 in Scholarships to Students Studying Agriculture in Sonoma and Marin Counties

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Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded more than $135,000 to top students in Sonoma and Marin Counties pursuing higher education in agricultural related fields. This year, 40 students will receive scholarships.

All of the recipients are graduating high school seniors and students continuing their education at a four year university or the Santa Rosa Junior College. Scholarship winners are majoring in agricultural business, animal science, dairy science, ag education, viticulture and diesel technology.

The majority of 2016 recipients are split between attending Cal Poly, Fresno State, Chico State, Oklahoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College. Other students are attending UC Davis, University of Wyoming and Oregon State University.

Farm Bureau Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation, administers scholarships provided by organizations, businesses and individuals to assist deserving students in their agriculture education. Farm Bureau Foundation was established in 2006, and this year’s awards reflect the tremendous generosity of donors who want to support and develop the next generation of agricultural leaders.

The scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, leadership, community service and dedication to pursuing a career in agriculture.
Nearly 60 students applied for scholarships. After interviewing with a panel of seven judges, 40 applicants were selected to receive scholarships. The members of the scholarship interview and selection panel were William “BJ’ Bertacco, a loan officer at American AgCredit, Annette O’Kelley, retired Elsie Allen FFA advisor representing the Kunde Family,  Vicki Michalczyk, Russian River Valley vineyard owner, Andrew Smith, an agricultural biologist in the Sonoma County Department  of Agriculture, Raven Castro, member relations coordinator at Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Kim Vail executive director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Total awards ranged from $13,500 to $1,000 and were based off the applicants’ oral interviews, financial need and applications which included a personal statement.  The scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, leadership, community service and dedication to pursuing a career in agriculture.

If you would like to start a named scholarship you may do so by donating $1,000 or more. For more information contact Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

2016 Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

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  • Bob & Leslie Kunde Memorial Scholarship - $10,000
  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin CattleWomen Scholarship - $1,500
  • Garton Tractor FFA Scholarship - $1,000
  • Stark Restaurants Scholarship - $1,000

Robert Tunzi, 17, is the son of Rick and Julie Tunzi of Petaluma. He graduates in 2016 from Petaluma High School. He plans to attend Oklahoma State in the fall to study agriculture business.


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  • Stark Restaurants Scholarship - $5,000
  • “Flying A” Scholarship Sponsored by Associate Propane - $2,000
  • Russian River Valley Girls Scholarship - $1,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship- $1,000

Emma Manoukian, 18, is the daughter of Phil and Sally Manoukian of Healdsburg. She will be attending Cal Poly, SLO studying Agriculture Communications with an emphasis in business. She hopes to one day become an attorney to represent the interests of the ag industry.


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  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $3,000
  • The Heck Foundation Scholarship - $2,500
  • Russian River Valley Girls Scholarship - $1,000
  • Sonoma County Farm Trails -$1,000
  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen - Mona Chisholm Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Emily Nunez, 18, is the daughter of Angel and Denell Nunez of Healdsburg. She is a senior at Healdsburg High School and attending Chico State University in the fall majoring in Agriculture Education & Animal Science.


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  • Charles Bacigalupi/Russian River Valley Winegrowers
    Scholarship - $2,000
  • Gus and Anne Sanchietti Ag Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Paul Hobbs Winery Scholarship - $5,000

Jordan Dutton, 18, is the daughter of Steve and Theresa Dutton of Dutton Ranch in Sebastopol. She will be graduating from El Molino High School and plans to attend University of California, Davis this fall. She will be pursuing a degree in Agriculture Business.


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  • John Jordan Foundation - $6,000
  • Bruce Campbell Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Angelina Law, 21, is the daughter of Oran and Julie Law of Santa Rosa. She graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2013 and currently attends the Santa Rosa Junior College. She will be transferring this fall to UC Davis to study Animal Science. She has a passion for ag technology, and her career goal is to work as an agricultural geneticist or veterinarian.


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  • Phil Enzenauer Viticulture Scholarship - $2,500
  • Herrick Vineyards Scholarship - $1,000
  • Laguna Vineyards - Cartan Family Scholarship - $1,000
  • Joe Bucher Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Turrentine Wine Brokerage Scholarship - $1,000

Genevieve Patt, 21, is the daughter of Mike and Julie Patt of Sebastopol. She is a graduate of Analy High School and has been attending Cal Poly, SLO for three years studying Viticulture and Enology. She hopes to one day return to Sonoma County as a Viticulturist.


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  • Stark Restaurants Scholarship - $4,000
  • Warren Dutton Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Hope Hansen, 18, is the daughter of Craig and Susan Hansen of Windsor. She has been  active in 4-H. Hope will be graduating from Santa Rosa High School and plans to attend Fresno State University in the fall majoring in Agriculture Business. After graduation, she plans to work for an agriculture company in sales and marketing.


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  • John Jordan Foundation - $6,000

Jessie Peterson, 21, is the daughter of Lewis and Dodie Peterson of Petaluma. She graduated from Petaluma High School in 2013. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to California State University, Chico. She currently is majoring in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Science. She hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher continue to promote the agriculture industry.


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  • The HALTER Scholarship - $2,500
  • Moretti Dairy Scholarship - $1,000
  • John Jordan Foundation - $1,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Constance Jones, 19, is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Jones, dairy ranchers in Santa Rosa. She graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015 and is a former Dairy Princess. She currently is double majoring in Agriculture Communications and Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.


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  • American AgCredit Scholarship - $3,500
  • John Jordan Foundation - $1,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Paige Nonella, 21, is the daughter of Mike and Julie Nonella of Santa Rosa. Following her graduation from Cardinal Newman in 2013 she studied agriculture business for two years at the Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to CSU, Fresno last fall. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in Ag Business within the finance and loans sector.


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  • Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group
    Scholarship - $2,000
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards Scholarship - $2,500

Jake Dutton, 18, son of Steve and Theresa Dutton of Sebastopol is a senior at El Molino High School. In the fall, he is attending Cuesta College majoring in Viticulture. He plans to eventually transfer to Cal Poly, SLO. He hopes to return to Sonoma County to manage his family’s vineyards.


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  • Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers
    Scholarship - $1,500
  • Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group - $1,000
  • Carol Michelis-Vineyard Industry Products Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Martha J. Faust Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Matteo Ramagli, 20, is the son of Alessandro Ramagil a vineyard owner in Italy. He currently attends Santa Rosa Junior College where he studys viticulture, enology and wine business. He plans to transfer to UC Davis and plant roots in Sonoma County.

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  • Serres Ranch Scholarship - $2,500
  • Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship - $750
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Alyssa McClure, 19, is the daughter of Bob and Ruth McClure, dairy farmers in Marin County. Alyssa graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015 and currently attends Cal Poly, SLO where she majors in Agriculture Communications. She is a fifth generation farmer and plans to pursue an agricultural career.


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  • Balleto Vineyards’ Saralee McClelland Kunde Agriculture
    Scholarship - $1,000
  • Art Weyers Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Roy King Dairymens Feed Scholarship - $1,000
  • John Jordan Foundation - $1,000

Carly Olufs, 18, is the daughter of John and Paul Olufs of Petaluma. She will be graduating Petaluma High School this year and plans to attend Oklahoma State University to study Animal Science in the fall. She hopes to one day become a Dairy Cattle Geneticist.


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  • DeBernardi Dairy Scholarship - $1,000
  • Isolena Maestretti and Bernice Beretta Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
  • Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship - $750

Danny Moretti, 22, is the son of Michael and Monique Moretti Dairy Ranchers in Petaluma. He graduated from Tomales High School in 2014 and currently is studying Agriculture Business with a minor in Ag Science at Oregon State University.


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  • Tamara Lewis Benson Memorial Scholarship - $2,500
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Elizabeth Slick, 18, daughter of Benjamin and Marcia Slick of Petaluma. She is a graduating senior at Casa Grande High School and will be attending Oregon State University in the fall to study Fisheries and Wildlife Science in the college of agriculture. She would like to pursue her master’s degree at Texas A&M, and her goal is to one day be a Rangeland Manager.


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  • PG& E Agriculture Scholarship - $2,500
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Eric Taggesell Jr., 19, is the son of Eric Taggesell Sr. and Karen Taggesell of Glen Ellen. He graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 2015 and currently attends California Poly, SLO where he is majoring in BioResource and Agriculture Engineering.


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  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
  • Park Avenue Turf Scholarship - $1,000
  • Pat & Allison Emery Scholarship - $1,000

Lupita Albur Ruiz, 18, is the daughter of Aurelio Albor and Anita Ruiz of Santa Rosa. She is graduating from Elsie Allen High School and plans to attend Cal Poly, Ponoma to study agribusiness and food industry management. She plans to come back to Sonoma County and work for a non-profit.


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  • Garton Tractor FFA Scholarship - $3,000

Christopher Sharp, 19, son of Dan and Kathy Sharp graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2014. He currently attends California State University, Fresno majoring in Agriculture Education with an emphasis in Agriculture Mechanics. He plans to one day become an Agriculture Mechanics Teacher.


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  • End-of-the Road Gang Scholarship - $2,000
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Emma Briggs, 21, is the daughter of Emmert and Jessica Briggs, ranchers in Petaluma. She graduated Petaluma High School in 2013 and currently attends California State University, Fresno majoring in Animal Science. She plans to one day be a Large Animal Veterinarian.


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  • Saralee McClelland Kunde Farm-to-Table Culinary
    Scholarship
    - $1,000
  • Guy Fieri’s Cooking with Kids Foundation - $1,000

Ashley Corbett, 22, is the daughter of Matthew and Janelle Corbett of Santa Rosa. She is a Culinary Arts major at Santa Rosa Junior College. She hopes to one day be an executive chef for a farm to table restaurant.


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  • Dick Weber Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin CattleWomen Scholarship - $500

Clara Cuevas, 18, daughter of Roberto Cuevas and Reinalda Arreola of Santa Rosa. She will be graduating from Elsie Allen High School and plans to study agriculture education at Santa Rosa Junior College and later transfer to UC Davis to pursue her masters.


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  • Herbert Burbank Jr. Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship - $500

Matthew Vosseler, 19, is the son of Paul and Patty Vosseler of Cotati. He graduated Petaluma High School in 2015 and currently attends Santa Rosa Junior College. He is studying Diesel Mechanics and hopes to one day become a Diesel Technician.


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  • Redwood Empire Vineyard Management Scholarship - $1,000
  • North Coast California Association of Pest Control Advisors - $1,000

Nicholas Ramirez, 24, is the son of Ramona Hernandez of Santa Rosa. He is a graduate of Windsor High School and previously attended Santa Rosa Junior College. He currently attends California State University, Fresno majoring in Viticulture.


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  • American AgCredit Scholarship - $1,500

Justin Marht, 18, is the son of Steve and Judy Mahrt, poultry farmers in Petaluma. He graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015 and currently attends California Polytechnic State University, SLO majoring in Agriculture Business with a minor in Poultry Management.


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  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen
    Scholarship - $1,500

Steven Pozzi, 18, is the son of Martin and Sally Pozzi of Petaluma. He graduated Petaluma High School in 2015 and currently attends California State University, Fresno majoring in Agriculture Business and Animal Science.


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  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen
    Scholarship - $750
  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $500

Amanda Raffety, 18, is the daughter of Douglas and Lisa Raffety of Forestville. She graduated El Molino High School 2015. Currently she attends Santa Rosa Junior College and is studying veterinary medicine.


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  • Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship - $500
  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship - $750

Julia Almind, 18, daughter of Chris and Melony Almind of Jenner. Graduating from El Molino High School in 2016, she plans to study agriculture business at Santa Rosa Junior College.


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  • Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma Marin Cattlewomen
    Scholarship - $750
  • Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers - $500

Leonel Soto Mora, 18, is the son of Jesus and Ana Mora of Cloverdale. He graduated from Cloverdale High School in 2013 and has since been attending the Santa Rosa Junior College. This fall he plans to transfer to Cal Poly, SLO.


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  • North Bay Petroleum Scholarship - $1,000

Adrianna Begley, 18, daughter of Jube and Sally Begley of Santa Rosa is a graduating senior at Santa Rosa High School. She is the current District Three Dairy Princess. She plans to study Agriculture Educations and Animal Science at Oklahoma State University in the Fall.


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  • Jerry and Don’s Yager Pump & Well Scholarship - $ 1,000

Benjamin Grismer, 20, is the son of Mark Grismer and Heather Shepherd of Sebastopol. He graduated from Analy High School in 2013. He studied at SRJC for two years before transferring to California State University, Chico. He is perusing a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Livestock Nutrition.


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  • Walter M. Willy Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
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Dakota Kantala, 23, daughter of Keith and Jackie Kantala graduated from El Molino High School in 2011. After High School she attended Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to California State University, Chico. She plans to major in Animal Science in the fall.


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  • Wright Contracting Scholarship - $1,000

Hailee Hankins, 19, is the daughter of John Hankins and Sherri Evenich of Penngrove. She graduated from Tomales High School in 2015 and currently attends Oklahoma State University. She majors in Agriculture Education and plans to become an FFA Advisor.


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  • Pete & Judy Barbieri Scholarship in Memory of
    Italo Barbieri - $1,000

Jared Beth, 19, is the son of Butch and Cindy Beth of Healdsburg. He graduated from Healdsburg High School in 2015 and currently attends California State University, Fresno. He is majoring in Viticulture and Enology and plans to have a career as a vineyard manager or winemaker.


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  • E.R. Sawyer Jewelers - Van Dyke Family Agriculture
    Scholarship - $1,000

Megan Groverman, 18, is the daughter of Bill Groverman and Christina Groverman of Petaluma. She will be graduating this year from Casa Grande High School. She plans to study Dairy Science in the fall at Cal Poly, SLO.


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  • Opperman & Son Truck Sales Scholarship - $1,000

Nicholas Temple, 19, son of Matt and Nicole Temple and grandson of Don DeBernardi of Petaluma. He graduated Petaluma High School in 2014 and is currently studying agriculture business at California State University, Chico.


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  • Friedman’s Home Improvement Scholarship - $1,000

Robert Bisordi, 18, son of Robert and Stephanie Bisordi of Fulton. He is currently a senior at Santa Rosa High School and plans to study Wildlife Biology at Chico State University this fall. Robert hopes to pursue a career as a game warden.


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  • Sonoma Media Investments Agriculture Scholarship - $1,000

Sarah Judge, 21, is the daughter of Joseph and Gail Judge of Santa Rosa. Next year will be her final year at Cal Poly, SLO as an Agriculture Business major. She hopes to one day dedicate a career to promoting Sonoma County agriculture.


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  • Garton Tractor FFA Scholarship - $1,000

Ty Evenich, 18, son of Ron and Becky Evenich of Petaluma. He will be graduating from Tomales High School this year and plans to study welding technology at Santa Rosa Junior College to become a certified welder.


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  • LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing Scholarship - $1,000

Zachary Davis, 18, is the son of Richard Davis and Mia Bertoli-Davis of Sebastopol. He is a graduating senior at Anally High School and plans to attend University of Wyoming in the fall to obtain a degree in Agriculture Education. He one day hopes to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become an Ag Teacher in Sonoma County.