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Sunkist Selects Outstanding Students For Bodine Scholarships


September 26, 2008

This year Sunkist honors three new recipients with scholarship awards and renewed awards to 12 previously chosen winners as they continue in their academic careers.

“In this era, when news appears to be focused only on the negative aspects of teenagers who are dropouts and delinquents, it is an honor for us to share the positive news of those selected for the annual Sunkist Growers-A.W. Bodine Scholarship, said Sunkist President and CEO Tim Lindgren. “It is clear the future is bright for the next generation after seeing the accomplishments and goals of these three students.”

“Since 1985, it has been a privilege to award these monetary grants to more than 300 students, some the first in their families to attend college.” “Our congratulations go out to all our award winners and their families.”

Jaime Chavez, Ivanhoe, CA – Tulare County – Chavez is enrolled at California State University, Fresno fulfilling his goal to earn a degree in Agriculture Education to become a teacher. He is the first in his family to attend college and has worked beside his farmworker parents on weekends and holidays to help pay the bills and save for his college education. At Golden West High School near Visalia, he was active in Future Farmers of America and excelled under the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college preparatory program. Born in Michoacán, Mexico his parents are Celso and Maria Chavez.

Vanessa Liu, Fremont, CA – Liu, born in San Jose, is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and the first in her family to attend college. She is enrolled in the Nutritional Sciences program at University of California, Berkeley where she plans to earn a Masters Degree that will help her achieve her ultimate goal – changing national policy toward implementation of programs that promote healthy diets and overall fitness. She is a graduate of Mission San Jose High School with a 4.0 grade point average.

Cesar Mendoza, Soledad, CA – Son of a single mother, Mendoza at first questioned the need to attend college when he felt compelled to help support his family. He had second thoughts after working as a celery picker in the Salinas Valley for two years. He entered Hartnell College in Salinas where he learned of, and became interested in, the field of pest control. He was selected the International Scholar in agriculture and traveled to New York City in June, 2007. He plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to fulfill his goal of becoming a certified Pest Control Advisor.

Sunkist Growers is an international citrus marketing cooperative owned by citrus growers in California and Arizona. The Sunkist-Bodine scholarship honors the memory of Arthur W. Bodine, who was a Sunkist board vice chairman at the time of his death.

Since its inception in 1985, the Sunkist-Bodine scholarship has awarded more than $500,000 to nearly 300 worthy students. Each scholarship is a long-term commitment. Scholarship winners are eligible to renew their awards every year of their undergraduate study providing they meet specific academic criteria.

Continuing scholarships are being awarded to the following students for their educational announcement: Inderbir Baadh, Bakersfield, CA; Angel Castro, Santa Maria, CA; Gainyoon Chao, Upper Lake, CA; Nicte-Sazil Chavez, Fresno, CA; Mariela DeLatorre, Davis, CA; Jose Lepe, Oxnard, CA; Christina Monroy, Greenfield, CA; Yarely Nopal, Elkhart, IN; Elizabeth Ramirez Galvan, Bakersfield, CA; Melissa Ramirez-Medina, Berkeley, CA; Luke Schaner, Valley Center, CA; Ashley Travis, Atascadero, CA.

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