June 27, 2016 (San Luis Obispo County, CA) — The California Women for Agriculture (CWA) San Luis Obispo County chapter awarded 25 local youth more than $10,000 in scholarship monies to assist students with college fees and their 4-H and FFA animal projects in preparation for the annual Mid-State Fair. Since the county chapter’s formation in 2011, CWA has been active in supporting youth in agriculture. Scholarship amounts awarded in 2016 were a record for the chapter who over the past six years has awarded $27,750 to local youth.
CWA’s commitment to supporting local youth involved in agriculture is part of its overall mission to promote and protect the agricultural industry. The non-profit group’s primary fundraiser for the scholarship program is the annual Burgers & Brews Festival and Competition, which is set for Sunday, September 4 at the Loading Chute in Creston. Tickets go on sale July 1 at http://burgersandbrews2016.brownpapertickets.com/.
“We are working to promote a strong agriculture industry in San Luis Obispo County,” said Kamee Knutson, CWA Chapter President. “Our programs throughout the year raise funds for our scholarship program. I am proud of our chapter for reaching this milestone and achieving new level of funding to support so many young agriculturists.”
CWA has two scholarship programs – a 4-H and FFA Project Scholarship Program and a Collegiate Scholarship Program. In 2016 four (4) high school seniors received a CWA scholarship as part of the collegiate program. Recipients – Alina Dzukola, Conner Vernon, Caitlin Hopkins and Michael Dye are entering college or trade school.
Twenty-one youth received assistance with their 4-H and FFA livestock projects. CWA provides financial and educational assistance and emphasizes the importance of accurate records and budgeting. Recipients include:
Beef Scholarship – Mikaela Jensen
Poultry Scholarship – Hope Fardanesh
Swine Scholarship – Sydney Pruit, Blake Fardanesh, Delaney Dusi, Briana Castorena, Luis Castorena, Sarafina Treder, Sage Anne Plaskett, Sarah Kier, Rori Degeer, Rylie Degeer, Cristal Muniz, Kendall Ruggles, Chole Stilits and Katlyn Ogle
Sheep Scholarship – Bella Marden, Lindsey English, Lauryn English, Sydney McGovern and Chelsea Stilits
CWA’s efforts are guided by five principle objectives: to speak on behalf of agriculture in an intelligent, informative, direct and truthful manner; to keep CWA members informed on legislative activities pertaining to agriculture; to join forces when the need arises to deal with agricultural issues and challenges; to improve the public image of farmers and; to develop a rapport with consumers, educators, and governmental and business leaders in communities throughout the county and outlying areas. To learn more about CWA and how you can get involved visit www.cwaslocounty.com for more information and membership benefits.