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Ag Health Benefits Alliance Awards $50,000 in Academic and Vocational Scholarships


Scholarships Support Agricultural Workers & Their Families

Maricela Estrada

Napa Valley, Aug. 15, 2023 —Ag Health Benefits Alliance (AHBA) is proud to announce this year’s grant recipients of its scholarship program, the AHBA Educational Foundation, LLC.  The program offers scholarship grant opportunities for AHBA Member Employers’ eligible employee plan participants, their spouses, and children or grandchildren. Now in its fourth year, for the first time the program offered two distinct scholarship tracks: academic and vocational. This year’s award winners are:



Course of Study

Arleth Bautista Bernal

Cal Poly

Plant Science

Maricela Estrada

Napa Valley College


Alejandro Topete Esquivel

Santa Rosa Junior College

General Education

Cristian Flores

Sonoma State


Diego Guerrero

Sacramento State

Mechanical Engineer

Lizbeth Hernandez

Clark University


Uriel Hernandez

Chico State

Nutrition and Food

Monce Perez

Sacramento State


Janette Ramirez

Sonoma State




Course of Study

Cruz Evelia Esquivel

Amblard Leather Atelier

Leather Working

Guillermo Andrade Gonzalez

390 Barbering & Cosmetology


Allegra Macedo

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education

Shannon Mattingly

UC Davis

Human Resources Management

Jennifer Mondragon

National Holistic Institute

Massage Therapist

Joshep Nevares

to be determined


Alejandro Amezcua Perez

to be determined

Residential Electrician

“We had many extraordinary applicants this year and are pleased to award over $50,000 in scholarships,” says Foundation President, Rebecca Barlow. “Cruz, Janette, Maricela and Monce are prior award winners. It is especially exciting to follow their progress and see them achieve their goals.”

AHBA also offered a second application period in June to give vocational applicants another opportunity to apply outside of the traditional school year. Board member and program supporter, Michael Wolf, says “These scholarships make it possible for our members’ employees and families to enhance job-skills or pursue training that may have been out of reach. Our aim is that these scholarships will be a win/win, for both the employers and employees.”

About Ag Health Benefits Alliance

Ag Health Benefits Alliance (AHBA) has been providing affordable health insurance and other benefits to agricultural employees in Northern California since its founding as the California Winegrower Foundation in 1972. Started by a group of forward-thinking winegrape growers who shared a common goal of improving working conditions, AHBA is a non-profit member organization that supports both employers and employees. AHBA’s members were dedicated to providing health benefits for employees, including seasonal workers, long before required by law. Today, AHBA provides those benefits to more than 1,500 agricultural employees.



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