The Fresno-based California Table Grape Commission has launched the college educations of three high school graduates by awarding each a $20,000 scholarship.
All three of the recipients are children of California table grape farmworkers, a prerequisite of the commission’s scholarship program.
“This program is part of a long-term investment in the communities where California’s fresh grapes are grown,” Kathleen Nave, president, said in a news release. “These students have worked incredibly hard, and it is an honor to help them continue their educations.”
Winners of the commission’s 2011 scholarships are:
• Araceli Beltran of Desert Mirage High School, Thermal. The first in her family to attend college, Beltran will attend the University of California at Berkeley and will pursue a career in medicine.
• Angelica Ceja of Delano High School. She plans to major in neuroscience at Stanford University.
• Andres Maldonado of McFarland High School. He will major in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.
In the 26 years since the Table Grape Commission’s scholarship program was established, more than 90 children of California farmworkers have been awarded college scholarships, according to the release.
The 2010 scholarship recipients are at University of California campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and are majoring in biology, engineering and psychology.