Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $130,000 in Scholarships

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Farm Bureau Foundation Awards More Than $130,000 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 $130,000 to top students in Sonoma and Marin Counties pursuing higher education in agricultural related fields. This year, 44 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 Farm Bureau Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation, administers scholarships provided by organizations, businesses and individuals to assist deserving students in their agriculture education. The 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.

Donor-named scholarships are available to sponsor beginning at $1,000. Lesser donations are shared in a Next Generation category that pools funds to support students with scholarships or through additional agriculture literacy programming.

The scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, leadership, community service and dedication to pursuing a career in agriculture.

Fifty nine students applied for scholarships. After interviewing with a panel of six judges, 44 applicants were selected to receive scholarships. The members of the scholarship interview and selection panel were William “BJ’ Bertacco, a senior loan officer at American AgCredit; Marcia Mickelson, a 4th generation winegrower; Vicki Michalczyk, Russian River Valley vineyard owner; Sara Brandenburg of Associated Propane; Taylor Serres, a Sonoma County farmer and representative of YF&R; and Kim Vail executive director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Scholarships awarded ranged from $12,500 to $500 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.

2017 Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

Bob & Leslie Kunde Memorial Scholarship – 10,000; Art Weyers Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers Scholarship – 1,500

Lori Bisordi, 22, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2012 and has been attending the Santa Rosa Junior College. Next year she will attend CSU, Chico to major in Agriculture Science with the intent of being a vineyard manager.


American AgCredit Scholarship – 5,000; Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 1,000

Andrew Nunez, 18, is graduated from Healdsburg High School this year. Next year he will attend CSU, Chico to major in Agricultural Business and minor in Animal Science. He wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and own his own accounting business while managing a small herd of Angus Cattle.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 2,000; Redwood Empire Vineyard Management Scholarship – 1,000; Sonoma Media Investments Agriculture Scholarship – 1,000; Warren Dutton Memorial Scholarship – 1,000

Kayla Bowerman, 20, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2015 and is currently studying Animal Science and Agriculture Business at Cal Poly, SLO. Her career goal is to become an Animal Science Professor.


Carol Michelis (Vineyard Industry Products) Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; Serres Ranch Agriculture Scholarship – 500; Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group Scholarship – 1,000; Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards Scholarship – 2,500

Jordan Dutton, 19, graduated from El Molino High School in 2016. She is currently studying Agribusiness Economics at UC Davis and intends to stay involved in farming after graduation.


Allan & Claudia Nelson Scholarship – 2,500; North Coast/California Association of Pest Control Advisors – 1,000; Opperman & Son Truck Sales Scholarship – 1,000; Serres Ranch Agriculture Scholarship – 500

Emily Eck, 18, graduated from El Molino High School this year. Next year she will be attending the University of Wyoming to study animal science with a goal of becoming a Large Animal Veterinarian.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 1,875; PG&E Agriculture Scholarship – 3,125

Melanie Hanlon, 18, graduated from Petaluma High School this year and will be attending Oregon State University to study Food Science and Technology. Her career goal is to become a food chemist. .


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; Laguna Vineyards – Cartan Family Scholarship – 1,000; Pete and Judy Barbieri Scholarship in memory of Italo Barbieri – 1,000; Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group Scholarship – 2,000

Lucas Kiff, 20, graduated from Healdsburg High School in 2016. He is attending CSU, Chico majoring in Agricultural Business and minoring in Economic & Sustainability Studies. He is preparing for a career in agribusiness.


John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 1,875; PG&E Agriculture Scholarship – 3,125

Emma Manoukian, 19, graduated from Healdsburg High School last year. She now attends Cal Poly, SLO where she is majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in Agricultural Communications.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 1,500; Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen – Mona Chisholm Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; The Heck Foundation Scholarship – 2,500

Emily Nunez, 19, graduated from Healdsburg High School in 2016. She is attending CSU, Chico where she’s majoring in Animal Science and Agriculture Education. She wants to become an agriculture teacher or an animal nutritionist.


Garton Tractor FFA Scholarship – 2,000; Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship – 1,500; Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 1,500

Steven Pozzi, 20, graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015. He is currently attending CSU, Fresno where he is preparing for a ranch management/ag business career.


Paul Hobbs Winery Scholarship – 5,000

Matteo Ramagli, 21, graduated from Barton Court Grammar School in the U.K. in 2014. He is currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College preparing to transfer to Cal Poly or UC Davis in the fall of 2018 to major in Viticulture and Wine Business. He plans to become a vineyard manager and owner.


Gus and Anne Sanchietti Ag Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 3,000; Russian River Valley Girls Scholarship – 1,000

Taylor Richardson, 18, graduated from Healdsburg High School this year and will be attending CSU, Chico in the fall to study Agriculture Education. Her career goal is to become and agriculture teacher.


Jerry and Don's Yager Pump & Well Scholarship – 1,000; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 1,500; Pat & Allison Emery Scholarship – 1,000; Serres Ranch Agriculture Scholarship – 1,500

Christopher Sharp, 20, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2014. He is currently attending CSU, Fresno studying Agriculture Education to help prepare him for his career goal of being a mechanized agriculture teacher.


End-of-the-Road Gang Scholarship – 2,000; "Flying A" Scholarship: Sponsored by Associated Propane – 2,000

Grace Nonella, 17, graduated from Cardinal Newman High School this year and will be attending Cal Poly in the fall. She plans to major in Agriculture Business to help prepare her for a career in agriculture finance.


Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 1,500; The HALTER Scholarship – 2,500

Robert Tunzi, 18, graduated from Petaluma High School last year. He is currently attending Oklahoma State majoring in Agriculture Business to prepare for a career in the agriculture industry.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 125; Joe Bucher Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 1,125; Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship – 1,500

Alyssa McClure, 20, graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015. She is currently studying at Cal Poly and majoring in Agriculture Communications. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in agricultural education.


Jerry Thompson & Sons Scholarship – 2,500; Roy King Dairymen't Feed & Supply Scholarship – 1,000

Daniel Moretti, 21, graduated from Tomales High School in 2014. He is currently attending Oregon State majoring in Agriculture Business and minoring in Animal and Agriculture Science to help him achieve a career in the dairy industry.


Sonoma–Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers Scholarship – 500; Tamara Lewis Benson Memorial Scholarship – 2,500

Jake Dutton, 19, graduated from El Molino High School last year and is currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in Agriculture Business. He plans to transfer to Cal Poly or Sacramento State in the fall of 2018 to prepare him for a career in the agriculture industry.


Bear Republic Scholarship – 1,500; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 500; Wright Contracting Scholarship – 1,000

Megan Groverman, 18, graduated from Casa Grande High School last year. She is currently attending Cal Poly and majoring in Animal Science. Her career goal is to become a mixed practice veterinarian.


Balletto Vineyards' Saralee McClelland Kunde Agriculture Scholarship – 1,000; Park Avenue Turf Scholarship – 1,000; Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 1,000

Connie Jones, 20, graduated Petaluma High School in 2015. She is studying at Oklahoma State and majoring in Animal Science and Agriculture Communications. She plans on becoming a dairy farmer after graduation.


John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 3,000

Brittney Kozenko, 20, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2014. She is currently attending Kansas State majoring in Animal Science, Food Science and Meat Science. Her career goal is to become a Food Safety Assurance/ HACCP Supervisor.


Friedman's Home Improvement Scholarship – 1,000; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 1,000; LeDuc and Dexter Plumbing Scholarship – 1,000

Grady Moosman, 18, graduated from Elsie Allen High School this year and will be attending Cal Poly in the fall. He will be majoring in Bio-resource and Agriculture Engineering to help him reach his goal of becoming an agriculture engineer after graduation.


Isolena Maestretti and Bernice Beretta Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 1,000; Moretti Dairy Scholarship – 1,000

Carly Olufs, 18, graduated from Petaluma High School last year and is attending Oklahoma State. She is majoring in Animal Science and Business. She plans to have a career in dairy genetics.


Phil Enzenauer Viticulture Scholarship – 2,500

Luis Magdaleno, 20, graduated from Healdsburg High School last year. He is studying at Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in Viticulture. He plans to transfer to UC Davis in the fall of 2019. His career goal is to become a vineyard manager.


Bear Republic Scholarship – 1,500

Julia Almind, 19, graduated from El Molino High School last year and is studying at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is majoring in Agriculture Business Management and planning to transfer to CSU, Fresno in the fall of 2019 where she will prepare for a career in livestock management.


Charles Bacigalupi/Russian River Valley Winegrowers Scholarship – 1,000; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 500

Adrianna Begley, 18, graduated from Santa Rosa High School last year. She is studying at Oklahoma State and majoring in Animal Science and Agriculture Education to later become an agriculture teacher.


Carol Michelis (Vineyard Industry Products Memorial Scholarship) – 1,000; Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 500

Hope Hansen, 19, graduated from Santa Rosa High School last year. She is currently attending CSU, Fresno and majoring in Agriculture Business. She plans to work in the wine industry after graduation.


Bevill Vineyard Management Scholarship – 500; North Bay Petroleum Scholarship – 1,000

Nicolas Hernandez Ramirez, 25, graduated from Windsor High School in 2010. He is currently attending CSU, Fresno and majoring in Viticulture to later become a vineyard manager.


Dick Weber Memorial Scholarship – 1,500

Justin Mahrt, 19, graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015. He is currently attending Cal Poly and majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Poultry. His goal is to have a career in agriculture finance.


Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 1,500

Elizabeth Pacheco, 17, graduated from Petaluma High School this year and will be attending Santa Rosa Junior College in the fall. She will be majoring in Agriculture Business. Her career goal is to be the marketing director for a local cheese company.


Herbert Burbank Jr. Memorial Scholarship – 1,500

Matthew Vossler, 20, graduated from Petaluma High School in 2015. He is currently studying at Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in Diesel and Farm Mechanics to later become a diesel technician.


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Sonoma County Farm Trails Scholarship – 1,000

Ava Castro, 18, graduated from Sonoma Valley High School this year and will be studying at CSU, Monterey Bay in the fall. She will be majoring in Environmental Studies/ Agroecology to help prepare her for a career in sustainable agriculture and environmental business.


John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 1,000

Grace Frediani, 18, graduated from Maria Carrillo High School this year and will be attending Texas A&M in the fall. She will be majoring in Animal Science to achieve a career in the industry after graduation.


DeBernardi Dairy Family Scholarship – 1,000

Alexandra Gambonini, 19, graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School in 2015. She is currently studying at Cal Poly and majoring in Dairy Science as well as Agriculture Business to help her achieve a career in the dairy industry.


Martha J. Faust Memorial Scholarship – 1,000

Mariana Hernandez, 17, graduated from Elsie Allen High School this year and will study at CSU, Chico in the fall. She will major in Agriculture Science with an emphasis in education to later become an agriculture educator.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 250, John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 750

Nora Kallman, 20, graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in 2015. She is currently attending Colorado State and is majoring in Equine Science. Her career goal is to train cutting horses.


Bruce Campbell Memorial Scholarship – 1,000

Courtney King, 18, graduated from Petaluma High School this year and will be attending Oklahoma State to major in Animal Science. Her goal is to find a career in feed nutrition and animal genetics after graduation.


Barbara Jean Gregori Memorial Scholarship – 1,000

Amanda Raffety, 19, graduated from El Molino High School in 2015. She is currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College, majoring in Veterinary Medicine in order to become a registered veterinary technician.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 250; John Jordan Foundation Scholarship – 750

Paul Shafer, 17, graduated from Sonoma Valley High School this year and will be attending CSU, Chico. He is majoring in Political Science and Agriculture Business and intends to become an agriculture lobbyist.


Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Scholarship – 500

David Dorr, 18, graduated from Healdsburg High School this year. He will be attending Modesto Junior College in the fall majoring in Agriculture Business and Political Science. After graduation, his goal is to become an agriculture lawyer/ attorney.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 500

Mary Geib, 17, graduated from Cardinal Newman High School this year and will be attending Montana State. She will be majoring in Agriculture Education with a career goal of becoming an agriculture teacher.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 500

Jamie Noar, 17, graduated from El Molino High School this year and will be studying at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is majoring in Veterinary Medicine with a goal of being a large animal veterinarian.


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 500

Nicholas Temple, 21, graduated from Petaluma High School in 2014. He is currently attending CSU, Chico and majoring in Agriculture Business to help him achieve a career in agriculture.