2020 CVCWA SCHOLARSHIPS
The Central Valley chapter of the California Women for Agriculture (CVCWA) is pleased to announce the call for Scholarships to deserving students who will be attending an accredited community college or four-year university full-time in Fall 2020 and pursuing a degree/career in agriculture. The monetary awards may vary depending on CVCWA's annual resources and applicant pool.
The high school and college scholarship application instructions and criteria are available below. In order to be considered for a scholarship, the completed application packet must include two letters of recommendation and must be received only by mail (no hand-deliveries) no later than Friday, March 6, 2020 to receive full consideration. They should be mailed to:
CVCWA Scholarship Committee
c/o Jane Bedrosian
6385 S. Fowler Avenue
Fowler, CA 93625
Finalists must be available to participate in an interview with the CVCWA Scholarship Committee to discuss questions related to California agriculture during the latter part of March. The student(s) selected to receive the scholarship(s) will be notified in April. Proof of enrollment or work in progress and verification of units will be necessary prior to receiving the award for the Fall 2020 semester at our August 3, 2020 chapter meeting. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application or have difficulty downloading the information, please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair, Jane Bedrosian at or (559) 351-3651.
2019 CVCWA Scholarship Recipients
Kathryn Bennett.has lived the majority of her life in Madera Ranchos, Ca with her parents and younger brother. Her interest in and passion for agriculture and the opportunities were given to her through the National FFA program and inspired her to pursue a degree in agricultural education, specializing in Ag Business. She received her Associates Degree for Transfer in Ag Business from Reedley College before transferring to Fresno State in Fall 2017. She is currently employed at the Fresno State Horticulture Unit as a Student Assistant. She is also a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Katie will be graduating this fall and beginning the credential program this spring. Upon the completion of student teaching, she will teach vocational agriculture in high school. She plans to continue her education, and never stop learning and advocating for agriculture.
Brooke Bentley is attending Reedley Community College pursuing a preliminary degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and plans to complete her undergraduate course work at Fresno State. Upon completion, her desire and goal is to attend Texas A&M to obtain her degree in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine. Brooke was born in Sonora, CA but due to her family's line of work (mother & father are in the electrical industry for PG&E) was relocated across the state of California multiple times throughout her primary and middle school years. Eventually, her family grew roots in the Clovis area and she was able to attend all four years of high school at Clovis East. It was during this time that her passion for the agriculture industry grew. Being an active member of the National FFA Organization granted her the opportunities to lead as a Chapter Officer, grow as a regional level Job Interview competitor (four years) and learn by raising multiple market lambs; which ignited her passion for Veterinary Medicine. Brooke is the proud daughter of Leesa Miner (mother), Shannon Bentley (step-mother), and Steven Bentley (father). She owes all of her success and future promises to them for their life time of support.
Lizbeth Cordova is a Senior Plant Sciene major at Fresno State. She was raised in a small town named Greenfield in the Salinas Valley. She has a passion for agriculture and interested in pursuing a career in the viticulture industry. At a young age she fell in love with the beauty of agricultural row crops and vineyards that surrounded her home. Her experience with the winegrape industry led her to pursue a career in Ag. Lizbeth would like to expand her knowledge and learn about various other crops that are grown in the world. She would like to obtain her PCA and/or her CCA license. She plans to continue serving her community and remain actively involved with wonderful organizations like CWA, 4-H, and FFA and values all the opportunities and skills these programs provide to help develop our younger generations. Lizbeth serves as President of the Irrigation Club and Plant Science Club Treasurer and enjoys balancing her academics and community service. She would like to thank her family and friends for helping her achieve her goals so she can truly make a difference in everyone’s lives!
Makenzie Flach was born and raised on her family’s farm in Sanger, California, and is the daughter of Charles and Amy Flach. Makenzie is a junior student in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology at Fresno State, majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in meat technology. She is on an ambitious path set to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in spring 2021, and will then pursue a master’s degree in this field. Makenzie attributes her high academic achievements and involvement in college to the “learn by doing" environment Fresno State’s Ag Department offers. Access to on-campus animal units and research environments have opened the doors to hands-on opportunities in and out of the classroom for her that she says is exactly what she was looking for in a college experience. Makenzie is employed at the Fresno State Meats Laboratory and is passionate about pursuing a life-long career in quality and food safety within the meat production industry. In her spare time, Makenzie continues her love for playing water polo as a team member on Fresno State’s Club Water Polo Team and also works as a swim instructor at a local swim school, teaching water safety and swim instruction to young children and adults. Makenzie would like to thank the California women for agriculture for their generous scholarship.
Christine Fry is the 5th generation of her family to live and work on the family Farm in Chowchilla. She is currently a senior at Fresno State double majoring in Agriculture Business and Animal Science. After completing her two bachelor degrees in the Fall of 2019, she plans pursue a Master of Business Administration. Throughout college, Christine has been involved as a Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Ambassador, Alpha Zeta, member and past Vice President of the Block and Bridle club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as being a CA 4-H State Equine Advisory committee member. Some of her proudest achievements consist of earning her American Farmer Degree, being a CA 4-H State Ambassador, winning 1st in the nation for her team demonstration and so much more. Christine would like to thank her family, especially her parents and grandparents, for supporting her on her journey. She would also like to thank the Central Valley California Women for Agriculture for their generosity and support.
Kelsey Galvan will begin her second year at Fresno State in Fall 2019. She grew up in a small town of Firebaugh, which surround by agriculture and that motivated her career path. She is majoring in Plant Science- Plant Health and plans to graduate by May 2020. This is her second season working for Nutrien Ag Solutions, the Firebaugh Branch. After graduating, she hopes to continue on to for her Master’s.
Fernando Robledo Garcia is a sophomore at Fresno State majoring in Agriculture Education with a focus in Animal Science. His parents are Oscar Fernando Garcia and Patricia Robledo and he is a brother to Vanessa Garcia and Daniela Robledo. He resides in the small agriculture city of Shafter, CA. Two fun fact about him is that he is a Type 1 Diabetic and enjoys playing tennis. He is excited about becoming an Ag Teacher, to help educate those around him about the agriculture industry..
Maggie Hirschler graduated from Central West High School in Fresno. She is the daughter of Darrell and Lindy Hirschler. Growing up, she was a part of the Winema 4-H club for six years, where she raised and showed six market lambs projects. During Maggie’s high school career, she was heavily involved within the Fresno-Central FFA chapter. For the past four years, she has served as the chapter’s Greenhand Treasurer, Chapter Reporter, and Chapter 2nd Vice President. She was also slated for several office positions at the sectional and regional levels. In addition, Maggie raised and showed a total of eleven Market and Breeding projects through the Big Fresno Fair including; Market Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Breeding Goats, and a Market Steer project. In terms of Career Development Event (CDE) Teams, she competed in; Best Informed Greenhand (B.I.G), Banking, Dairy Products, Agricultural Mechanics, and various Public Speaking competitions. Maggie was also involved in various school clubs including; California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and Fresno Christian Athletes (FCA). Maggie will be attending Reedley College for the next two years as an Animal Science major, then she plans to transfer to Fresno State, where she’ll begin her dream career as an Agricultural Education teacher. Finally, Maggie would like to give a special thanks to the California Women for Agriculture for their generous scholarship.
Elizabeth Martin is 18 years old and grew up on a dairy in Easton, California. She attended Washington Union High School, spending much of my elementary days in Riverdale. She has danced since the age of five, earning six national titles on my competitive squad, Easton Elite. She also cheered for four years of high school, was a co-captain her sophomore year and captain on Varsity. Aside from her athletic involvement, she was very involved in agriculture showing pigs, beef cattle, lambs, and dairy cattle. She also took floral and was on the floral judging team. Elizabeth was involved in leadership serving in different officer capacities and eventually ASB President.. Outside of school her biggest commitments are to God, her family, and passion for agriculture. She regularly attends church.and serves as the CPDES Holy Ghost Portuguese Festa Queen. Hee family ran a small Jersey dairy on the outskirts of Easton, California for 60 years. Even though their dairy closed its doors in 2013, she has kept her family's commitment to the industry alive by being the first alternate dairy princess for Fresno and Madera counties for 2018-2019. She selected Agricultural Education as her area of study because it is how she identifies herself. She was raised in a household that valued education as well as their livelihood, their dairy. Growing up in a small town in the center of the most productive agricultural region of the world, the lack of knowledge about the subject of agriculture often surprised her. Her hope in pursuing a career in agricultural education is to spread her knowledge to young people to better understand the world and what it provides for us. The greatest joy in life through her eyes is to be able to share her view of the world and help others expand their knowledge. She will be pursuing this passion at California State University, Fresno this fall.
Ashley Melton is a graduating senior from Clovis East High School. Having been raised in the city did not stop her from developing a love for the agriculture industry. As a four year memeber of the Clovis FFA chapter she took part in many different activities, competitions, and Supervised Agricultural Experiences; her most memorable being raising breeding rabbits and showing at the Fresno Fair. She plans on going to Reedley College in the fall majoring in Animal Science
Kaylee Melton was born and raised in Clovis, California and is in her third year at Fresno State double majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine and Agriculture Business. Her goal is to open a Hippotherapy Ranch for kids/adults who have special needs to receive therapy provided by a horse. Her parents are Greg and Diane Melton and she has a younger sister named Karli who will be a freshman at Fresno State in the fall. She enjoys going back to her FFA chapter and helping students with their SAE projects and practice for CDE competitions. Kaylee is also very active with her church by helping put on productions for Easter and Christmas and participating in her community through their outreach days. Her goal is to transfer from Fresno State to West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas to further her studies in Equine Science and work towards opening a Hippotherapy Ranch. She would like to thank the California Women for Agriculture for their generous scholarship.
Hugo Rodriguez-Ramirez is currently a Senior at California State University, Fresno majoring in Animal Science – Livestock Business Management. He was involved in FFA at Reedley High School all four years.and got the opportunity to show hogs at their county fair. His passion for agriculture starting growing in high school, but it absolutely took off once he got to college. At Fresno State he became heavily involved with the Swine Unit. The Swine Unit's main focus is to produce good quality show pigs for various different students that show at the fair. He is currently the senior student manager and helps oversee their sow herd as well as student employees. Hugo is also part of their Collegiate Livestock Judging team. His passion for agriculture continues to grow with everything he does. When he graduates, he wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in Animal Welfare or Livestock Production. Then he will like to go into industry and make an impact by educating the public.He would like to thank his family and mentors for all the amazing support. He would also like to thank the Central Valley California Women of Agriculture for all the support they are providing students like himself.
Crystal Sandoval grew up in a small hometown of Woodlake surrounded by agriculture fields of citrus. She is a Sophomore at Fresno State. Her goal is to major in Plant Science/Health and minor in Agriculture Business. She wants to be a PCA for the Central Valley, specializing in the citrus industry. She enjoys volunteering as the Vice President for the Plant Science Club at Fresno State, a member of the Soil Judging Team, and a student member of the California Women for Agriculture. Crystal loves giving back to her community through introducing the many benefits and career opportunities that agriculture has to offer to the younger generations. Agriculture was introduced to her through her grandpa who took her with him to harvest oranges in the fields. It was hard especially for a young girl, but she learned to love citrus as part of the FFA citrus judging team. She competed for other teams and held leadership positions that helped mold the young women she is today. Crystal currently works several jobs to support her higher education and career which make her happy. May her grandpa Rest In Peace and watch over her as she fulfills her passionate dream career.
Ashleigh Sorensen is the daughter of Craig and Michelle Sorensen of Sanger and has three older sisters, Courtney, Brianne, and Sheela. She recently graduated from Immanuel High School in Reedley. Throughout her four years in high school, Ashleigh has participated on the Varsity Girls Golf Team, the Immanuel FFA Chapter, and the Student Council. During her senior year, Ashleigh served as the Student Body President. Beginning in Fall 2019, Ashleigh will attend Fresno State as a Smittcamp Family Honors College Student and major in Agriculture Business.
Drew Vogt is from Kingsburg CA and attended Immanuel High School. She was an extremely active member in Immanuel FFA. From Region President to state championship titles, agriculture has become her passion. This upcoming fall she will be attending Oklahoma State University double majoring in Ag Business and Ag Communications. She is planning on pursuing a career path advocating agriculture. Its because of her family and experiences that she is beyond excited for what the future has in store.
Previous Years' Scholarship Recipients
Ricardo Rodriguez Baeza
Georgina Reyes Solorio