2021 CVCWA SCHOLARSHIP - due by email only by March 10, 2021 

Central Valley California Women for Agriculture is pleased to announce that the Scholarship Application period for the 2021-22 Academic Year is now open to male/female high school seniors and college-level students.  You are highly encouraged to apply if you will be majoring in agriculture.  Please note this year your application and copy of your transcript must be emailed as one PDF directly to the scholarship chair, Jane Bedrosian at jsbedrosian@nationalraisin.com by March 10, 2021.  In addition, your two (2) references must email their letters of recommendations directly to Jane Bedrosian.

  • Applicants must currently reside in the county of Fresno or Madera. Students outside of these two counties should contact their CWA regional chapter for scholarship opportunities.

  • Applicants should also demonstrate financial need, scholastic ability, leadership experience, community service, and other accomplishments, preferably in agriculture-related activities.   

  • Finalists must be available to participate in a virtual interview with the CVCWA Scholarship Committee during the latter part of March.  They should be prepared to discuss questions related to California agriculture.  The student(s) selected to receive the scholarship(s) will be notified in April.  Proof of enrollment and verification of units for the Fall 2021 semester will be necessary prior to receiving the award at our August 2, 2021 chapter meeting.

Please carefully review the criteria in the respective forms and if you have any questions, please either email Jane Bedrosian at jsbedrosian@nationalraisin.com, or call or text her at (559) 351-3651.  Thank you!

2020 HOLIDAY RECOGNITION OF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to the following 2020 Central Valley California Women for Agriculture Scholarship recipients who were formally honored at our virtual Holiday Recognition on December 13.  President Nanette Simonian and Assemblyman Jim Patterson congratulated the scholarship recipients and Carol Chandler and her family for receiving the Ag Business Award. Everyone will be sent certificates for their accomplishments from our chapter and Assemblyman Patterson for their accomplishments.  Carol Chandler also installed the incoming 2021 CVCWA Officer Team. 

Meghan Clifton                    Seraphina Bedoyan      Ellie Knight

Sandra Gaylord                    Kyra Castro                  Macie Kulikov

Amy Suarez                          Mohrgan Fry                Siena Rollin

Victoria Tolin                        Faith Gatley                 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. 

Seraphina Bedoyan
Kyra Castro
Meghan Clifton
Mohrgan Fry

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.

Faith Gatley
Sandra Gaylord

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. 

Ellie Knight

Macie Kulikov is from Sanger, California and attended Clovis East High School. In high school she was active in the Clovis FFA Chapter. She served on the officer team for several years as well as showed maret lambs at the Big Fresno Fair. Outside of school she was an active member of the Fairmont 4-H Club and served in many officer positions and showed poultry, horses, market lambs and swine. Macie was also a member of the California High School Rodeo Association where she served as a district officer and competed in rodeos. Through rodeo she was able to qualify for the California High school State finals rodeo several times as well as the National High School Rodeo Finals. Macie plans on continuing her education at Fresno State University and major in Animal Science. 

Macie Kulikov

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. 

Siena Rollin

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. 

Amy Suarez

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.

Victoria Tolin

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