Some of the 20 recipients of scholarships from the Salinas Valley chapter of California Women for Agriculture gather at D'Arrigo Bros. Co. June 29 in Salinas, Calif.
Some of the 20 recipients of scholarships from the Salinas Valley chapter of California Women for Agriculture gather at D'Arrigo Bros. Co. June 29 in Salinas, Calif.

The Salinas Valley chapter of California Women for Agriculture awarded $21,000 in scholarships to 20 women in a ceremony at D’Arrigo Bros. Co.

The June 29 awards set a record for the nonprofit and marked an increase over last year’s total of $11,000 and 14 recipients, Sue Storm, chapter co-president, said in a news release. Storm credited local donors, among them Dole, Driscoll’s and Valley Pride.

Two scholarship programs are offered, one for women pursuing degrees in agriculture and another for women from farm worker families.

The agriculture degree recipients are Carolyn Andrus, Erica Bianchi, Kambree Borzini, Hailey Camillone, Lily Elder, Lauren Grant, Daisy Loza, Haley Markow, Rebekkah Morris, Karina Saloman, Kelsey Stewart and Grace Tobias. Eight are current or prospective students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

The farm worker family recipients are Michelle Lopez Arrelano, Claudia Garcia, Elvira Paniagua, Minerva Perez, Glorisel Rocha, Karina Rodriguez, Delsy Sanchez and Emelisa Santiago. They will attend a variety of universities and colleges.

Recipients are required to have a 3.0 grade point average or higher and must live in or attend high school in Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito counties. Neither scholarship is based on financial need, according to the release.