Awards total $36,000: Calcot-Seitz Foundation awards scholarships to 15 western students

Fifteen California and Arizona students recently received Calcot-Seitz Foundation scholarship awards totaling $36,000.

Now in its 26th year, the educational foundation selected the recipients based on scholastic aptitude and performance, leadership potential, participation in extracurricular activities and financial need. Students must plan to study in an agricultural field at a four-year university.

Mark Diener, a 2005 graduate of Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Calif., received the Gallo award for $3,000. The Gallo award is a memorial scholarship established in the Calcot-Seitz Foundation by Visalia grower C.R. “Dick” Shannon in honor of the well-known California vintner killed in a traffic accident in 1993.

Elizabeth Bertao and Brandon Moore, 2005 graduates of Dos Palos High School in Dos Palos, Calif., Jessica Harris, a 2005 graduate of Kerman High School in Kerman, Calif., and Mary Ann Mullion, a 2005 graduate of Palo Verde High School in Blythe, Calif., each received $3,000 for the Calcot Directors' awards. Directors' awards are funded by voluntary donations from honoraria Calcot directors receive for attending board meetings.

Sharina Terry, currently attending the University of Arizona, received a $1,000 Sheely scholarship award. The Sheely award is named in honor of a Calcot director and Arizona grower who died in a 1979 plane crash.

Other winners are Janette Barnard ($1,000), currently enrolled in the University of Arizona.; Kendall Correia ($2,000) and Allison Heers ($3,000), both 2005 graduates of Tulare Western High School in Tulare, Calif.; Megan Jensen ($3,000), a 2005 graduate of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif.; Bryanna Fissori ($3,000), currently a student at Chico State University; Andrea Jue ($1,000) and Billy Schuh ($3,000), both 2005 graduates of Lemoore Union High School in Lemoore, Calif.; Chris Niederfrank ($2,000), a 2005 graduate of Washington Union High School in Fresno, Calif.; and Michael Portugal ($2,000), a 2005 graduate of Hanford High School in Hanford, Calif.

The Calcot-Seitz Foundation was established by the late G.L. “Sam” Seitz, upon his retirement as president of Calcot, the cotton marketing cooperative owned and operated by California and Arizona cotton growers. The foundation has awarded over $726,000 to 317 students since its establishment. The program has also made educational grants of more than $150,000, including sponsorship of a market information center in the Agricultural Management department at Cal Poly SLO.

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