2020 CVCWA SCHOLARSHIPS
Congratulations to the following 2020-21 CVCWA Scholarship Recipients who will be formally recognized at a later date TBA. Please continue to watch our website for updates.
Clarissa Vander Poel
2020 CVCWA Scholarship Recipients
Seraphina Bedoyan is from Clovis CA and attended Clovis East High school where she was extremely involved in the FFA chapter. Through her involvement she won the title of 1st high individual and team in the state of California for the Nursery Landscape contest and went on with her team to compete on the national level. Another big success in FFA is her state winning crop production proficiency. She has also competed in the Job interview contest and served as a chapter officer. Outside of school she was very active in the Fresno County 4-H program. She served in many club officer positions, had a breeding ewe and a laying hen project, was a junior camp counselor, earned her emerald star, and served as county ambassador. This fall she plans on continuing her education at Fresno State majoring in Enology. She hopes to become a wine maker in the future.
Kyra Castro is from Le Grand. She grew up around animals her whole life and enjoy working with them. In high school, agriculture became a part of her life. Most of her classes were ag classes and she was very involved in FFA. Kyra was a class officer, an FFA officer, and played on the girls basketball team. She will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall to pursue a degree in animal science. She plans on becoming a veterinarian after graduating from college and can't wait to start helping animals!"
Meghan Clifton,is a Junior Year at Fresno State, majoring in agricultural communications. She is from Watsonville, California, but found a love for the Valley when she moved to Fresno for college. She tries to stay involved on campus and is currently the Vice President of Philanthropy for her sorority, Delta Zeta, as well as being involved in Fresno State’s Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association, as the Public Relations Chair. She has had several agriculturally based internships, and last summer Meghan worked for B&R Farms in Hollister as a Customer Service Representative, as well as Tanimura and Antle as a Production Assistant. She is very grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank the Central Valley CWA for their support.
Mohrgan Fry will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall. She will be majoring in AG Systems Management. Mohrgan has loved agricultural since she was a little girl, and it has always been a part of her life. She cannot thank her family, friends and teachers enough for all the support and all that things they have taught her. Her senior year came to a very unique end with COVID-19 sweeping the globe and not really knowing what the end of her senior year would look like. She graduated high school looking at a screen with a picture of all her classmates. Weird how things work out.
Faith Gatley is from Clovis, CA and plans to attend Oklahoma State University to major in Animal Science and minor in Food Science. Faith graduated from Clovis East High School where she was active in the Clovis FFA chapter. She competed on the chapter's Natural Resources and Meats Evaluation and Technology teams. She also had the pleasure of serving as the chapter's sentinel. Faith was also a member of Blossom Trail 4-H. She served as the President and was in the Dairy Goat Project. She also had the amazing opportunity to be a Junior Counselor for Fresno County's 4-H Camp. Faith plans to eventually use her education to have her own dairy goat creamery.
Sandra Gaylord is a senior at California State University, Fresno majoring in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in plant sciences. She grew up on a small homestead near Visalia, Ca where her passion for agriculture and community service blossomed. When she arrived at Fresno State, she joined Ag Ambassadors, Plant Science Club, Block and Bridle, Alpha Zeta Cal Epsilon (an agriculture honors society), and CWA. She has been a member of CWA for the past four years now and have loved every moment. Alpha Zeta also holds a special place in her heart as she will be serving as this year’s Chancellor (president). She thanks CWA for providing here with this scholarship so that she can continue to serve the agricultural industry in a variety of ways.
Ellie Knight is from Clovis, California where she graduated from Clovis East High School. While at Clovis East, Ellie was very active in the Clovis FFA program and had the chance to intern at the Ford Veterinary Surgery Center. She exhibited sheep, market goats, and rabbits as well as competed on the Veterinary Science CDE team. She also has been a member of Fairmont 4-H since she was six years old. Ellie will be attending Colorado State University this fall majoring in Equine Science. Her future career goal is to become a mixed practice veterinarian with an emphasis in Equine Orthopedics.
Siena Rollin grew up on a dairy farm on the west side of the Valley. She has enjoyed showing dairy cattle since she was 4 years old in Peewee Showmanship at the Big Fresno Fair. Siena recently graduated from Riverdale High School as their Class of 2020 Salutatorian. Her agricultural roots led to her involvement in 4-H and FFA, serving as a 4-H County Ambassador and FFA Chapter President this year. Additionally, Siena was an FFA state finalist with her 16 dairy cows in the Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency. Siena is a passionate advocate for agriculture who has also been a California Dairy Princess for District 8. She enjoys reading, playing her guitar, and volunteering at the local Veterans Hospital in Fresno when she has free time. Siena will attend Texas Tech University in the fall and major in Agricultural Communications. After this, she hopes to pursue a law degree and become U.S. Secretary of Ag. Siena is grateful for CVCWA’s support of her educational goals.
Amy Suarez will be a sophomore at California State University, Fresno pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education-Agriculture Communications and was raised on a family farm in Dos Palos, California. Her future career goal is to become an agriculture teacher. She has raised and shown various livestock projects throughout her years at the local, county, and state levels. Amy would like to pass down her knowledge of livestock to younger generations and help make their SAE projects successful just like her ag teachers did for her. Her goal as an agriculture teacher is to teach individuals about the importance of agriculture and how it affects our daily lives while bridging the gap between consumers and producers. She has her own Boer goat operation where she raises breeding does to sell their offspring to local 4-H and FFA members in need of a market goat project. Amy’s goal for her operation was to make it affordable for individuals to make a profit in the Junior Livestock Auction as prices for livestock continue to increase. At Fresno State, Amy is a member of the Young Cattlemen's Association and Sigma Alpha. During high school, Amy served as the Dos Palos FFA President and Secretary and also as the Secretary for the Dos Palos California Scholarship Federation.
Clarissa Vander Poel is from the tight-knit community of Shafter in Kern County. Growing up in the dairy industry and working hard on her education has allowed her to strive to become successful. She graduated this year at Shafter High School as the Valedictorian with a driven aspiration to execute to her fullest ability in everything she did, from sports to education and working hard on the dairy. Clarissa will be attending the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas, to study in the pre-vet program that they offer. In the future, she wants to become a large animal Veterinarian with the ambition to assist her dad with his dairy and continue to give back to the farmers in her community.
Clarissa Vander Poel
Victoria Janelle Tolin (Tori) is from Bakersfield California where she graduated Bakersield High in 2012 followed by Taft College in 2018 with an Associate of Art in History and a Associate of Art in Communications. While at Taft College, she worked as a farm hand and elementary school aide where she decided to combine her interests and pursue a bachelors of Agriculture Education, Animal Science major. at Fresno State. Once at Fresno State, she became involved in Block and Bridle, Alpha Zeta, Ag Ed Club, and worked on the campus farm. Currently she works at the Institute for Food and Agriculture. Tori is graduating this summer and has been admitted to the Kremen School of Education credential program. Once she is finished she plans on returning home and working as an Agriculture Teacher at the high school level. Besides advocating for agriculture, Tori enjoys collecting vinyl records, spending time at the cabin, and cooking.