Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $63,000 in Scholarships to Top Agriculture Students in Sonoma and Marin Counties

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The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded 39 scholarships, with a total value of $63,000 to top agriculture students from Sonoma and Marin counties
All 27 of the scholarship recipients will continue their agricultural education at Santa Rosa Junior College or a four year university with several students attending out of state universities such as Cornell University in New York and Oklahoma State University. The majority of the scholarship recipients are attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, which has become the leading agricultural college for students from Sonoma and Marin counties. The University of California, Davis, Fresno State University and Chico State University are the other colleges selected by North Bay students to pursue their agricultural degrees.

The scholarship winners are majoring in agriculture business, dairy science, agriculture education, biogenetic engineering, animal science, agriculture communications, viticulture and veterinary medicine.

“It is so gratifying that the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County can assist so many bright and dedicated young people in their agricultural education. The Farm Bureau Foundation is indebted to the many businesses and individuals donating money to fund agricultural scholarships for deserving students in Sonoma and Marin counties,” said Steven Easter, president of the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County.
This year’s scholarships ranged from $500 to $10,000.

The Farm Bureau Foundation, a registered non-profit charitable foundation, administers scholarships provided by businesses and individuals to assist deserving students in their agriculture education. The scholarships are judged on academic achievement, leadership, community service and dedication to pursuing a career in agriculture. Finalists participated in an oral interview.

Maria Camozzi, a young woman from Petaluma who plans a career in agricultural finance, was awarded the prestigious $10,000 Bob and Leslie Kunde Memorial Scholarship. Maria, the daughter of dairy ranchers Eugene and Christine Camozzi, will be a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she is on the Dean’s Honor Roll and active in the school’s agricultural organizations.

The Kunde Scholarship is in memory of a beloved Sonoma Valley couple dedicated to agriculture and farm youth. The Kunde scholarship was established in 2009 by Leslie Kunde to honor the legacy of her late husband Bob Kunde and the Kunde family’s prominent role in Sonoma County agriculture during more than a century on their ranch in Glen Ellen. Following Leslie Kunde’s death in 2010 her children – Marcia Kunde Mickelson and Jeff and Keith Kunde - continued the scholarship to honor the memory of Bob and Leslie Kunde.

This year there were 40 students who applied for the scholarships administered by the Farm Bureau Foundation. A committee selected 28 finalists to participate in the oral interviews.

“It was so rewarding to hear about the educational plans and career goals of these very smart young people who are truly dedicated to agriculture. The two days we spent interviewing the scholarship finalists left me feeling good about the future,” said Walter J. Ryan Jr., chairman of Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Education Committee and a director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

In addition to Ryan, members of the scholarship interview and selection panel were Steven Easter of the Farm Bureau Foundation, William “BJ’ Bertacco, a loan officer at American AgCredit, Marcia Kunde Mickelson of Kunde Family Estate Winery in Kenwood and Tim Tesconi, community relations coordinator for Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Bob & Leslie Kunde Memorial Scholarship -

Maria Camozzi
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

$10,000 Scholarship with $2,500 awarded annually over four years to a student studying agriculture or agriculture- related field. The award is based on involvement and enthusiasm for agriculture, work ethic, leadership, sportsman-like conduct and overall achievement.

$10,000 Bob and Leslie Kunde Scholarship

Maria Camozzi, 19, is the daughter of dairy ranchers Eugene and Christine Camozzi of Petaluma. A graduate of Petaluma High School, she is studying agriculture business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly she has consistently been on the Dean’s Honor Roll and is active in campus agricultural groups. She is preparing for a career in agricultural finance or marketing.

Sponsored By: Marica Kunde Mickelson and Jeff and Keith Kunde

Royal Petroleum “Flying A” Scholarship -

Lori Bisordi
Santa Rosa Junior College

Royal Petroleum, offering a $2,000 scholarship spread over four years.

Details:

One multi-year scholarship, paying $500 a year for up to four years of continuous study available to graduating high school seniors. (Applicants must be residents of Sonoma or Marin County.) Minimum grade point average 2.50.

$2,000 Royal Petroleum Scholarship

Lori Bisordi, 18, the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Bisordi of Santa Rosa, is a fifth generation Sonoma County family farmer. A 2012 graduate of Santa Rosa High School, she attends Santa Rosa Junior College where she is studying viticulture. She plans a career in vineyard management while taking an active role in farming her family’s vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

Sponsored By: Royal Petroleum

Sonoma Marin Cattlewomen and Cattlemen Mona Chisholm Memorial Scholarship -

Emma Briggs
Santa Rosa Junior College

Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen and Cattlewomen, which offers the $1,000 Mona Chisholm Memorial Scholarship.

Details:

One $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Must have graduated from high school in Sonoma or Marin County. Must have participated or been a member of FFA or 4-H or other related agriculture group. Minimum grade point average 2.50.

$1,000 Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen & Cattlewomen Mona Chisholm Scholarship

Emma Briggs, 18, is the daughter of cattle ranchers Emmert and Jessica Briggs of Petlauma. She is a 2013 graduate of Petaluma High School where she was an award-winning member of the Petaluma FFA. She will enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College this fall to study agriculture business and animal science. Her career goal is to become a large animal veterinarian.

Sponsored By: Sonoma Marin Cattlewomen and Cattlemen

Dick Weber Sunrise Farms Scholarships -

Hannah Chiapetta
Oklahoma State University

Details:

Scholarship will be awarded to a Sonoma County student majoring in agriculture, poultry science or closely related vocational field.

$1,500 Dick Weber Sunrise Farms Scholarship

Hannah Chiapetta, 22, is the daughter of Vic and Sara Chiapetta of Petaluma. A graduate of Petaluma High School, she studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College where she was active in the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. She just completed her first year at Oklahoma State University where she is majoring in animal science. She is preparing for a career as a ruminant nutritionist in the livestock industry.

Sponsored by Sunrise Farms and Eugene and Christine Camozzi

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarships -

$10,000 in scholarships to Sonoma County students for the study of agriculture.

Maria Camozzi
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

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Emilie Strand
Cornell University

Regina Pozzi
University of California, Davis

Francesca Gambonini
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Michelle McClure
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Hannah Chiapetta
Oklahoma State University

$1,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship

Maria Camozzi, 19, is the daughter of dairy ranchers Eugene and Christine Camozzi of Petaluma. A graduate of Petaluma High School, she is studying agriculture business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly she has consistently been on the Dean’s Honor Roll and is active in campus agricultural groups. She is preparing for a career in agricultural finance or marketing.

 

 

 

$3,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship

Emilie Strand, 21, is the daughter of Barbara Christmann of Los Gatos and Don Strand of Cazadero. She is a graduate of El Molino High School and studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College and Modesto Junior College before enrolling at Cornell University in New York. She is studying animal science to prepare for a career in dairy reproduction management.

 

 

 

$3,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship
Regina Pozzi, 17, is the daughter of Sally and Martin Pozzi of Petaluma.  She is a 2013 graduate of Petaluma High School where she was active in the FFA and a member of the national championship dairy cattle judging team that will compete internationally this June in Scotland. Her plans are to study agriculture and public policy at the University of California, Davis.

 

 

 

 

$1,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship

Francesca Gambonini, 17, is the daughter of dairy ranchers Frank and Stacey Gambonini of the Gamlake Dairy in Petaluma. A 2013 graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School, she is a member of the Petaluma FFA Chapter. She is a member of Petaluma FFA’s national championship dairy cattle judging team that will compete internationally this June in Scotland. She will enroll this fall at Cal Poly where she will study dairy science, leading to a career as a dairy geneticist.

 

 

$1,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship
Michelle McClure, 19, is the daughter of Bob and Ruth McClure of Inverness. She grew up on her family’s Marin County dairy ranch and is a 2012 graduate of Petaluma High School. She is a student at Cal Poly where she is majoring in agricultural communications. She plans a career in agricultural marketing or journalism.

 

 

 

$1,000 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Scholarship
Hannah Chiapetta, 22, is the daughter of Vic and Sara Chiapetta of Petaluma. A graduate of Petaluma High School, she studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College where she was active in the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. She just completed her first year at Oklahoma State University where she is majoring in animal science. She is preparing for a career as a ruminant nutritionist in the livestock industry.

Sponsored By: Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County

John Jordan Foundation Scholarship -

Francesca Gambonini
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$2,500 John Jordan Foundation Scholarship

Francesca Gambonini, 17, is the daughter of dairy ranchers Frank and Stacey Gambonini of the Gamlake Dairy in Petaluma. A 2013 graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School, she is a member of the Petaluma FFA Chapter. She is a member of Petaluma FFA’s national championship dairy cattle judging team that will compete internationally this June in Scotland. She will enroll this fall at Cal Poly where she will study dairy science, leading to a career as a dairy geneticist.

Sponsored By: John Jordan of Jordan Vineyard & Winery


Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship -

Daniel Charles
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Sarah Judge
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Two $2,000 scholarships

$2,000 Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Charles, 21, is the son of Mike and Beatrice Charles of Petaluma. He is a graduate of Petaluma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College where he was a member of the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. He will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this fall, majoring in agriculture business and enology. He is planning for a career in the wine business.

 

 

 

$2,000 Jess Stonestreet Jackson Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Judge, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Gail Judge who own a vineyard in Santa Rosa’s Bennett Valley. She is a graduate of Montgomery High School where she was on the honor roll and a scholar athlete all four years of high school. She will enroll at Cal Poly this fall to study agriculture business, preparing for a career in the wine business.

Sponsored By: Jackson Family of Kendall-Jackson Winery


Clover-Stornetta Farms Scholarship -

Michelle McClure
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Clover-Stornetta Farms, offering a $1,000 scholarship.

Details:

One $1,000 scholarship to a Sonoma or Marin county student for the study of agriculture, preferably dairy science.

$1,000 Clover-Stornetta Farms Scholarship

Michelle McClure, 19, is the daughter of Bob and Ruth McClure of Inverness. She grew up on her family’s Marin County dairy ranch and is a 2012 graduate of Petaluma High School. She is a student at Cal Poly where she is majoring in agricultural communications. She plans a career in agricultural marketing or journalism.

Sponsored By: Clover-Stornetta Farms

American AgCredit Scholarship –

Dominic Balistreri
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

American AgCredit, the region’s leading agricultural lending agency, offered a $2,000 scholarship this year to assist a student in their agricultural education.

Details:

A $2,000 scholarship to a Sonoma County resident for the study of agriculture, preferably agribusiness.

$2,000 American AgCredit Scholarship

Dominic Balistreri, 20, is the son of Joseph and Joey Balistreri of Petaluma. He is a graduate of Petaluma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College where he was a member of the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. This fall he will enroll at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he will major in agriculture business. He is preparing for a career in agricultural banking or finance.

Sponsored By: American AgCredit

Mark Furusho Memorial Scholarship

Dana De Vries
University of California, Davis

The Mark Furusho Memorial Scholarship was established by Larry Peter, owner of the Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, in memory of his friend, the late Mark Furusho, a respected west Sonoma County agriculturalist.

 

$1,000 Mark Furusho Memorial Scholarship

Dana De Vries, 17, is the daughter of Doug and Deborah De Vries of Windsor. She is a 2013 graduate of Windsor High School where she was captain of the Varsity cheerleading team. This fall she will enroll at the University of California, Davis, where she will study biological engineering. She is planning a career in the biotechnology industry.

Sponsored By: Larry Peter, Owner of the Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

Isolena Maestretti and Bernice Beretta Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Moretti
Cornell University in New York

The Doug Beretta Family of Santa Rosa offers the $1,000 Isolena Maestretti & Bernice Beretta Memorial Scholarship in memory of two women who were leaders in the North Bay dairy industry. Bernice Beretta was Doug Beretta’s grandmother and Isolena Maestretti his great aunt.

Details

One $1,000 scholarship to a Sonoma or Marin county student studying agriculture, preferably dairy science.

$1,000 Isolena Maetretti & Bernice Beretta Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Moretti, 19, is the daughter of dairy farmers Mike and Monique Moretti of Petaluma. A graduate of Tomales High School and a former District 3 Dairy Princess, she is an animal science major at Cornell University in New York. She is preparing for a career in agricultural law.

Sponsored By: The Doug Beretta Family of Santa Rosa


Petaluma Creamery Scholarship

Michelle Cheda
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$1,000 Petaluma Creamery Scholarship

Michelle Cheda, 19, is the daughter of Tim and Edie Cheda of Petaluma. She is a graduate of Casa Grande High School and was a member of the 4-H.  She just completed her first year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she is studying agriculture business. She is preparing for a career in agricultural marketing or agricultural lending.

Sponsored By: Larry Peter of Petaluma Creamery


Patricia Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Anthony Bordessa
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

The Walter Ryan Jr. Family offered the $1,000 Pat Ryan Memorial Scholarship in memory of Walt Ryan’s sister, the late Patricia Ryan, who was carrying on the family’s stewardship and livestock ranching legacy on a ranch in Bodega.

Details:

One $1,000 scholarship to a Sonoma County student for the study of agriculture, preferably animal science.

$1,000 Patricia Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Anthony Bordessa, 19, is the son of Mike and Cindy Bordessa of Cotati. A graduate of Petaluma High School, he studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College where he was active in the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. This fall he will transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he will major in agriculture business. His goal is to one day own and operate his own agricultural business.

Sponsored By: The Walter Ryan Jr. Family

North Bay Petroleum Scholarship

Samantha Maas
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

North Bay Petroleum, offering a $1,000 scholarship.

Details:

One $1,000 scholarship to a Sonoma or Marin county student for the study of agriuculture.

$1,000 North Bay Petroleum Scholarship

Samantha Maas, 19, the daughter of Dennis and Gayleen Maas, grew up on her family’s Petaluma dairy ranch. A graduate of Petaluma High School, she completed her first year at Cal Poly where she is studying agriculture business. She is preparing for a career in agricultural sales and marketing.

Sponsored By: North Bay Petroleum and Randy Parker

Roy King Dairymen’s Feed Scholarship

Max Manoukian
California State University, Chico

Dairymens Feed of Petaluma, offering a $1,000 scholarship.

Details:

One $1,000 scholarship to a Sonoma or Marin county student for the study of agriculture, preferably animal science.

$1,000 Dairymens Feed Scholarship

Max Manoukian, 19, is the son of Phil and Sally Manoukian of Healdsburg. He is a 2012 graduate of Healdsburg High School where he showed sheep as a member of the Healdsburg FFA. He completed his first year at California State University, Chico where he is majoring in agriculture business. He is preparing for a career that combines agriculture, government and politics.

Sponsored By: Dairymen’s Feed

Keith Michael Phillips Memorial Scholarship  -

Margie Garza
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Larry Peter established the $1,000 Keith Michael Phillips Memorial Scholarship in memory of a family friend.

$1,000 Keith Michael Phillips Memorial Scholarship

Margie Garza, 20, is the daughter of Lindy and Rucinda Garza of Santa Rosa. She graduated from Maria Carrillo High School and studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College where she was a member of the Ag Ambassadors. This fall she will enroll at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to study animal science. Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian.

Sponsored By: Larry Peter of Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group Scholarship

Genevieve Patt
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

One $1,500 scholarships to a Sonoma County student for the study of viticulture or a related field.

$1,500 Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group Scholarship

Genevieve Patt, 18, is the daughter of Michael and Julie Patt of Sebastopol. She is a 2013 graduate of Analy High School where she was on the honor roll all four years. She is active in the 4-H and FFA. She will enroll at Cal Poly this fall to study viticulture and enology, preparing for a career in the wine industry.

Sponsored By: Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group


North Coast/California Association of Pest Control Advisors Scholarship -

Lori Bisordi
Santa Rosa Junior College

North Coast/California Pest Control Advisors, offering a $500 scholarship.

Details:

One $500 scholarship to a Sonoma County student for the study of agriculture, preferably plant science.

$500 North Coast/California Association of Pest Control Advisors Scholarship

Lori Bisordi, 18, the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Bisordi of Santa Rosa, is a fifth generation Sonoma County family farmer. A 2012 graduate of Santa Rosa High School, she attends Santa Rosa Junior College where she is studying viticulture. She plans a career in vineyard management while taking an active role in farming her family’s vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

Sponsored By: North Coast/California Association of Pest Control Advisors

Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship –

Amanda Moretti
Cornell University in New York

One $500 scholarship to a Marin County student for the study of agriculture.

$500 Marin County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Amanda Moretti, 19, is the daughter of dairy farmers Mike and Monique Moretti of Petaluma. A graduate of Tomales High School and a former District 3 Dairy Princess, she is an animal science major at Cornell University in New York. She is preparing for a career in agricultural law.

Sponsored By: Marin County Farm Bureau.


Tamara Lewis-Benson Memorial Scholarship –

Amanda Moretti
Cornell University in New York

 

$2,500 Tamara Lewis-Benson Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Moretti, 19, is the daughter of dairy farmers Mike and Monique Moretti of Petaluma. A graduate of Tomales High School and a former District 3 Dairy Princess, she is an animal science major at Cornell University in New York. She is preparing for a career in agricultural law.

Sponsored By: Don Benson and Paul and Marlene Lewis


Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo Agriculture Scholarship –

Paige Nonella
Santa Rosa Junior College

 

$1,000 Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo Agriculture Scholarship

Paige Nonella, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Julie Nonella of Santa Rosa. She is a 2013 graduate of Cardinal Newman High School and an active member of the Forestville 4-H Club. In May she was a winner of The Press Democrat Youth Service Award for her community service. This fall she will enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College where she will study agriculture business.

Sponsored By: Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo


Herbert Burbank Jr. Memorial Scholarship -

Joseph Stefenoni
Oklahoma State University

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$2,000 Herbert Burbank Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Stefenoni, 20, the son of Martha Stefenoni of Santa Rosa and the late Tom Stefenoni, is a student at Oklahoma State University where he is majoring in agriculture economics. His care
r goal is to become an agricultural lobbyist. A graduate of Analy High School, he studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to OSU. He is active in the Grange and was a member of the 4-H and FFA.

Sponsored By: Glen Gilotti and Denise Bahnsen Brown


Jerry and Don Yager’s Pump and Well Scholarship -

Jessie Peterson
Santa Rosa Junior College

 

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

Jessie Peterson, 18, is the daughter of Lew and Dodie Peterson of Petaluma. She is a 2013 graduate of Petaluma High School where she was active in the Petaluma FFA Chapter. She will enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College this fall to study agriculture. She plans to continue her agricultural education at a four year college. Her goal is to become a high school agriculture instructor.

Sponsored By: Jim Mickelson and partners


Holtz Family Scholarship -

Angelina Law
Santa Rosa Junior College

 

$1,000 Holtz Family Scholarship

Angelina Law, 18, is the daughter of Oran W. Law and Julie A. Law of Santa Rosa. She is a 2013 graduate of Santa Rosa High School where she was a member of the SRHS FFA Chapter. She plans to enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College this fall to study animal science. She wants to become a large animal veterinarian.

Sponsored By: Kirvin Holtz Family


Art Weyers Memorial Scholarship -

Kim Ghisla
Fresno State University

One $1,000 scholarship in memory of Art Weyers, friend, volunteer and agricultural advocate.

$1,000 Art Weyers Memorial Scholarship

Kim Ghisla, 22, is the daughter of Tony and Cheryl Ghisla of Kenwood. She attended Maria Carrillo and Elsie Allen High Schools and Santa Rosa Junior College. She is a student at Fresno State University where she is studying agricultural education, specializing in agricultural mechanics. She plans to become a vocational agriculture instructor.

Sponsored By: Friends and Family of Art Weyers


Lex and Peggy McCorvey Scholarship -

Joseph Stefenoni
Oklahoma State University

Jonathan Ocampo
Santa Rosa Junior College

$2,500 in scholarships.

$1,500 Lex and Peggy McCorvey Scholarship

Joseph Stefenoni, 20, the son of Martha Stefenoni of Santa Rosa and the late Tom Stefenoni, is a student at Oklahoma State University where he is majoring in agriculture economics. His career goal is to become an agricultural lobbyist. A graduate of Analy High School, he studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to OSU. He is active in the Grange and was a member of the 4-H and FFA.

 

 

$1,000 Lex and Peggy McCorvey Scholarship

Jonathan Ocampo, 20, is the son of Abacuc and Esther Ocampo of Boonville in Mendocino County. He is a graduate of Anderson Valley High School where he was active in the FFA. He studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College and became a resident of Sonoma County while participating in the resident agricultural program at SRJC’s Shone Farm near Forestville. He will transfer this fall to either California State University Chico or Fresno to study agriculture business.

Sponsored By: Lex and Peggy McCorvey


Al Nissen Sunrise Farms Scholarship -

Jonathan Ocampo
Santa Rosa Junior College

 

$1,000 Al Nissen Sunrise Farms Scholarship

Jonathan Ocampo, 20, is the son of Abacuc and Esther Ocampo of Boonville in Mendocino County. He is a graduate of Anderson Valley High School where he was active in the FFA. He studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College and became a resident of Sonoma County while participating in the resident agricultural program at SRJC’s Shone Farm near Forestville. He will transfer this fall to either California State University Chico or Fresno to study agriculture business.

Sponsored By: Sunrise Farms


End of the Road Gang Scholarship -

Suzanne Amaral
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$2,000 End of the Road Gang Scholarship

Suzanne Amaral, 18, the daughter of John and Doreen Amaral of Sonoma, is a 2012 graduate of Sonoma Valley High School. She is a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she is majoring in animal science. Her career goal is to become a high school agriculture instructor in Sonoma County.

Sponsored By: End of the Road Gang


Friedman's Home Improvement Scholarship-

Dominic Balistreri
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$1,000 Friedman's Home Improvement Scholarship

Dominic Balistreri, 20, is the son of Joseph and Joey Balistreri of Petaluma. He is a graduate of Petaluma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College where he was a member of the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. This fall he will enroll at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he will major in agriculture business. He is preparing for a career in agricultural banking or finance.

Sponsored By: Friedman's Home Improvement


Art Lafranchi Memorial Scholarship -

Michelle McClure
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$1,000 Art Lafranchi Memorial Scholarship

Michelle McClure, 19, is the daughter of Bob and Ruth McClure of Inverness. She grew up on her family’s Marin County dairy ranch and is a 2012 graduate of Petaluma High School. She is a student at Cal Poly where she is majoring in agricultural communications. She plans a career in agricultural marketing or journalism.

Sponsored By: The Art Lafranchi Family and Max Mickelsen


Chris Maloney Crop Insurance Scholarship -

Daniel Charles
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

$1,000 Chris Maloney Crop Insurance Scholarship

Daniel Charles, 21, is the son of Mike and Beatrice Charles of Petaluma. He is a graduate of Petaluma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College where he was a member of the SRJC Ag Ambassadors. He will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this fall, majoring in agriculture business and enology. He is planning for a career in the wine business.

Sponsored By: Chris Maloney Crop Insurance


Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards & Winery Scholarship -

Jacqueline Chenoweth,
Fresno State University

 

$2,500 Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards & Winery Scholarship

Jacqueline Chenoweth, 23, is the daughter of Steven Chenoweth of Sebastopol and the late Janine Chenoweth. A graduate of El Molino High School and Santa Rosa Junior College, she is a student at Fresno State University where she is majoring in viticulture. Her goal is be a vineyard manager in Sonoma County.

Sponsored By: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards & Winery


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