Each year, the Imperial County Farm Bureau presents local students with scholarships to aid them in their studies. The scholarship fund is supported by donations and our annual Farm Bureau Scholarship Barbecue, held annually in April. The 2015 Scholarship BBQ is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.
We were very excited to be able to issue close to $27,000 in scholarships in 2015 to local students! We sincerely appreciate all those who supported the Farm Bureau BBQ, and those who have donated toward the Vern Highley Memorial, Matt LaBrucherie Memorial, Raul Rodriguez Memorial, Jack & Pauline Memorial and FCSSW Annual Farmer of the Year Scholarships. These are the people who make these scholarships possible.
Applications for the 2016 Farm Bureau Scholarship Applications are now available. For other scholarship opportunities, look at the text along the right-hand side of this page.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Imperial County Farm Bureau scholarships are open to Imperial County students who will be enrolled in college full-time pursuing an agriculture-related career. (See the sidebar along the right for additional scholarship opportunities for local students interested in agriculture.)
The following students were selected to receive scholarships for the 2015-16 school year.
Lupe Aguilar is a current Agriculture student at Imperial Valley College. She has work experience in a variety of areas including retail, education and farm labor. Aside from her work experience, she has also studied a couple different majors as well. She takes pride in her ambition and desire to reach her goal through her education and hard work. Her ultimate goal is to work for Customs and Border Patrol in the agriculture department.
Brooke Bradshaw, who is a past scholarship recipient, is now finishing up her Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Business and is moving on to pursue her Masters of Science in Agriculture with and emphasis in Irrigation. She is a Dean's Honors list recipient who is very actively involved in her school and community. Some of the organizations Brooke has dedicated her time to outside of her education are Pride of the Pacific Cal Poly Marching Band, Cal Poly SLO fraternities and volunteer work for the Wildflower Triathlons. Whether her career ends up being helping farmers increase their irrigation systems performance or acting as a consultant for an irrigation district, she plans to help keep agriculture alive.
Brittany Brown is currently a student at IVC majoring in Agricultural Business Management and English. She has plans to eventually earn her doctorate's in English and Master's in Agricultural Business Management in order to become an Agribusiness Journalist. She wants educate people on where our food comes from. Brittany has been involved in FFA where she served as Chaplain for the Imperial High School FFA. She's earned her State Farmer Degree and raised swine.
Tiffani Canez is graduating from Central Union High School this year and will be attending college at the University of Arizona where she will be majoring in Environmental Hydrology and Watershed Management. Her interest in agriculture and water use spurred from her AP Environmental Science class and attendance to the Ag Discover Camp last summer. On top of maintaining over a 4.0 GPA, Tiffani was also able to stay active in extracurricular activities such as ASB, Link Crew, Sports and Green Team.
Kyle Deol is a Senior at Southwest High School who will attend Imperial Valley College in the Fall majoring in Agronomy. Growing up in a farming family, he knew at a young age agriculture was his passion. He would like to become an ag teacher at a high school or university level and share his knowledge with the next generation. Kyle has also been actively involved in Boy Scouts where he received his Eagle Scout award.
Drake Irunguray is a Senior at Holtville High School who is involved in 4-H and athletics and volunteers his time coaching youth sports in his community. He will be attending college in the Fall majoring in Criminal Justice. He was raised in a farming family where he spent summers working and learning the business. Eventually Drake may return to the family business, but he would like to pursue law enforcement since it is what really ingtrigues him.
Mason Mange will be graduating from Holtville High School and attending Arizona Western College majoring in Ag Science. He has been active in several extracurricular activities, some of which include: FFA, 4-H, sports and Campus Life. Mason's goal is to become a Licensed Pest Control Adviser here in the Imperial Valley.
Cristobal Martinez is a student at Imperial Valley College majoring in Agriculture Business Management where he is also involved in the IVC Ag Club. He has many years of experience in the agriculutural industry, and would like to gain a higher position. Cristobal's ultimate goal is to own his own small specialty vegetable operation.
Josue Munoz will be graduating from IVC in Spring of 2015 with his Associates Degree in Agricultural Science. He plans to continue his education in General and Biological Science to one day become an Entomologist. He has been dedicated to his studies maintaining a GPA above a 3.0 along with being a member of the IVC Agricultural Club.
Megan Smedley is a Senior at Holtville High School who is graduating and moving onto Modesto Junior College where she will major in Agribusiness. She was very active in several different groups and clubs throughout high school, a few of them being FFA, 4-H, athletics, class office and providing community service. Megan's ultimate goal is to be an Ag Accountant in a small Mid-West agricultural town similar to the Imperial Valley and farm a few acres of her own.
Alex Strobel is gradutaing from Southwest High School and will be attending the University of Arizona to study Agribusiness Economics and Management. He has raised Dairy Heifers in FFA where he won 2nd Place Reserve Champion a couple years. He also served on Junior Fair Board where he was President 2014-2015. Alex was also involved in athletics and Southwest Key Club.
Matthew LaBrucherie Scholarship
Matthew LaBrucherie lived the American Dream and spent his life helping others do the same. The son of French immigrants, Mr. LaBrucherie attended Imperial Valley College, Oregon State University and St. Mary's College, where he earned a degree in business administration before returning to Imperial Valley to farm. He was a founder of McCabe Cattle Company, and personally built many of the corrals by hand, which are still in use today. He worked with partners to create El Toro Land & Cattle, El Toro Grain and El Toro Export. These businesses, along with his extensive investment of time, energy and perseverance in giving back to his community contributed immeasurably to advancing the agricultural economy of the Imperial Valley.
2015 Scholarship Program Recipients
Andrea Amavisca is a Senior at Brawley High School and will be attending Cal Poly SLO in the Fall majoring in Animal Science. She was a very active student participating in FFA including serving as president, Junior Fair Board, Cheerleading, Literary Society Club, Class Office as well as other things. Her involvement in FFA raising livestock has inspired her to pursue a career as a Livestock Veteranarian.
Kassandra Buzo is in her third year at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology. She is an FFA Alumni for Brawley Chapter, and is in the Zoology Club of Pomona. She also volunteers for a few different organizations. Kassandra's career goal is to become a zoologist and study animals from different regions of the world and work with endangered species.
Remington Campbell is finishing up his first year at Lewis & Clark College where he is studying Bio Chemistry in order to become a large animal Veteranarian. Aside from his studies, he plays football and does work study while attending college. Remington plans on attending grad school after he completes his Bachelor's in order to reach his career goal.
Carlos Gomez is going into his second year at Cal Poly Pomona where he is studying Biotechnology with a focus on agriculture. During his first year of college he has become involved in extracurricular activities and clubs such as Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. He also volunteers his time reading to children at the CPP Children's Center. Upon completion of his education, Carlos plans to work in research and development in the crop science field.
Katlyn Locher is an Agricultural Science student at Imperial Valley College. She is a member of the IVC Ag Club, volunteers for Southwest Valley 4-H and holds a paying job in addition to attending school. Coming from an agriculture family and being involved in 4-H is what has really sparked Katlyn's interest in agriculture and helped her choose it as her career. She would like to use her education to contribute to Imperial Valley Agriculture.
Raul Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
Raul Rodriguez, former Farm Bureau board member, spent his life helping others, always ready to offer his time or resources to a good cause. A Brawley native, Raul grew up working on his father's ranch. He attended Cal Poly Pomona where he earned a degree in crop science before returning to the Valley to begin his own farming operation with his brother. In addition to serving as board member at Farm Bureau, Raul also served on the IID's Water Conservation Advisory Board as well as the USDA Farm Service Administration's County Advisory Committee.
2015 Scholarship Program Recipients
Jaycie Cruz will be entering her second year at New Mexico State University where she is majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education. Aside from her studies, she is also involved in ACES, Collegiate FFA, Sisterhood and Colleges Against Cancer. Jaycie has a few different career goals she'd like to pursue beginning with teaching Agriculture and Natural Resources, then ultimately becoming a lobbyist.
Will DuBois graduated from Southwest High School and will be conutinuing his education at California Maritime Academy to become a Mechanical Engineer. Throughout high school he was active in 4-H, MESA and Boy Scouts. In those clubs he served as President and Patrol Leader. Will was also involved in his church, and spent time working in his family's businesses. He would like to become a Senior Engineer on a large vessel.
Joshua Klockmann is entering his fourth year at Cal Poly Pomona where he is majoring in Plant Science with a minor in Agronomy; And, he just recently declared a double major in Agricultural Science. He currently serves as President for the Los Rancheros Agronomy Club and Agricultural Council. He also comes from an agricultural family who farms dates where he has gained some of his knowledge and experience. Joshua would like to become an Agriculture Teacher in the Imperial Valley.
2015 Scholarship Program Recipients
Lucia Ramirez, a past recipient, will be a Junior at Cal State Chico where she's studying Animal Science. Since she began her college education, she has become involved in MECHA, Jujitsu and FFA Field Day. Growing up in the Imperial Valley surrounded by livestock and domestic animals is what drew her interest in pursuing a career involving animals. Lucia would like to attend Veterinary School to become a large and small animal Veterinarian here in the Imperial Valley.
Hunter Singh will be attending his first year of college in the Fall at Cal Poly SLO majoring in Crop Science. He was very active throughout high school being involved in FFA, Link Crew, Class Office and Golf to name a few. He also has experience in the agriculture industry through work he's done in his family's business. Hunter's goal is to return to the Imperial Valley after he's done with his education and work as a PCA.
Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship
Prior to their untimely deaths in June 2012, Jack & Pauline McConnell were strong advocates for agriculture education. Jack served on the Farm Bureau scholarship committee for as long as it existed, and outside of Farm Bureau the pair shared their rich knowledge with many local and even international students of all ages.
It is fitting, then, that their legacy will continue in a Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship fund, which has been established by Imperial County Farm Bureau in the McConnells' memory.
Jack had served as a Farm Bureau board member continuously since the 1950s, while Pauline was extremely active in Farm Bureau Women as well as serving on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors, among many other activities in service to our community and agriculture industry. Click here to read more about this couple and their contributions to the Imperial Valley.
The McConnell Memorial Scholarship will be funded through donations made in Jack & Pauline's memory. If you are interested in making a donation to the fund, contact ( or 760-352-3831), or simply mail a check to Imperial County Farm Bureau, 1000 Broadway, El Centro CA 92243. Be sure to include a note on or with your check to let us know that you'd like your donation to go toward the Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship fund. Donations will go directly into scholarships for local students. Students presented with the Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship will have a chance to learn more about Mr. and Mrs. McConnell and their contributions to the local agriculture industry.
2015 Scholarship Program Recipients