IMPERIAL COUNTY FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIPS

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. 

 

We were very excited to be able to award $55,500 in scholarships in 2021 to local students! We sincerely appreciate all those who supported by donating to our scholarship program in response to the cancelation of our Annual Scholarship Barbecue as well as those who have donated toward the Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial, Vern Highley Memorial, Matt LaBrucherie Memorial, Raul Rodriguez Menorial, Al Kalin Memorial , and Jack Strobel Memorial Scholarships. These are the people who make these scholarships possible.

If you are interested in making a donation to any of the scholarship funds, contact our office, mail a check to Imperial County Farm Bureau, or donate with the link below. Please be sure to include a note on or with your payment to let us know which memorial scholarship fund you would like to contribute to.  Donations will go directly into scholarships for local students. 

Imperial County Farm Bureau

Scholarship

Imperial County Farm Bureau scholarships are open to Imperial County students who will be enrolled in college full-time pursuing an agriculture-related career

Matthew LaBrucherie

Memorial 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.

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.

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.

Vern Highley

Memorial Scholarship

Vern Highley was a graduate of Holtville High School and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Mr. Highley used his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts Journalism to promote agriculture through his extensive marketing and lobbying efforts.  His federal relations firm represented Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, Imperial Valley Conservation Research Center and Imperial County among others.

He got his start in agriculture marketing when he served on the executive staff of Calcot.  Over the years, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Agriculture, Director of the USDA for the Western States and Pacific Trust Territories and Executive Director of Farmers and Ranchers for the Presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, before starting his own firm, Highley Associates.

 

Mr. Highley passed away on January 17, 2006 due to complications from cancer.  His friends and family raised money to create a scholarship fund in his memory to help Imperial Valley students who continue their education to become strong members of a vibrant agricultural community.

 

Al Kalin

Memorial Scholarship

Al Kalin was an incredible storyteller, but the story of his own life is the best one of all.  His family managed a feedlot, a 3000-acre farm, and the Planters Hotel. His mother eventually purchased eighty acres on the edge of the Salton Sea; this was Al’s favorite childhood haunt where he spent countless days hunting, fishing and beachcombing. Al had many people and experiences in his early years that helped influence and nurture his love for the great outdoors, his respect for nature, and his vast knowledge of many aspects of agriculture and life in the Imperial Valley that would grow to expertise levels throughout his life.

 

Al, along with his brother Carson, started Kalin Farms in high school.  Upon his return to Imperial Valley after college and his service in the military, he helped manage the farm.  They grew 2,500 acres of wheat, alfalfa, carrots, dry onions, and sugar beets.

 

In addition to farming, family, fishing, and fun, Al dedicated much of his time to serving his community including Westmorland Community 4-H leader, a Trustee for the Westmorland Union Elementary School District, and a Director on the Imperial County Farm Bureau board. As a farmer, environmentalist, and foremost expert on the Salton Sea, he served on countless advisory committees tackling issues such as water conservation, restoration of the Salton Sea, water quality, and others. Al was also the recipient of several prestigious awards.

As remarkable as Al was, it was his gentle spirit, quiet nature, willingness to help and teach others, and his down to earth personality that made him a dear friend to people of all walks of life. The Al Kalin Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who mirrors many of Mr. Kalin’s characteristics including his love of farming and vast knowledge and care for our environment.

Jack Strobel

Memorial Scholarship

Jack Strobel’s early years were spent farming with his father. In the 1960’s, he developed 320 acres of raw desert into farmland as one of the last desert entries to be approved in the Valley by the Department of Interior.

 

In the late 70’s  Jack became a real estate broker and opened his own office “Jack Strobel Ranch Realty” in El Centro. Because of his farming knowledge, honesty and trustworthiness, he never had to advertise his business. 

 

For over 20 years he supported the California Midwinter fair Junior Livestock auction and 4-H swine program.  He was so proud of these youth that he saved every letter, photograph and thank you note he ever received. 

 

Jack was always willing to go out of his way to extend a helping hand to a friend.   So many farmers and others in the Valley can share a time when he helped them out of a dire situation.   His door was always open and he took great pleasure in knowing that he had a part in helping someone succeed.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Kimberly Aguirre

Blake Ayala

Donald Benedict

Alex Calero

Hannah Cartee

Rachel Chambers

Mikalyn Emanuelli

Jessica Friley

Emiliano Fuchen

Jossie Hernandez

Abigal Hester

Isacc Islas

Lindsay Lemert

Gavin Macias

Melissa Martinez-Mejia

Madison Mills

Philip Minnick

Charles Peraza

Elijah Ramos 

Haylee Ray

Jacob Sanchez

Kendall Shields

Nathalia Vasquez

Brandi Whittle

University of California Davis

Boise State University

Imperial Valley College

University of Arizona

Arizona Western College

Vanguard University

University of San Diego

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

University of California, Davis

Oklahoma State University

University of California. Merced

University of California, Santa Barbara

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly, Pomona

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Oklahoma State University

New Mexico State University

Imperial Valley College

New Mexico State University

Oklahoma State University

Harvard University

University of California, Davis 

Oklahoma State University 

Matthew LaBrucherie Memorial Scholarship

Kimberly Aguirre

Jessica Friley

Sarah Grizzle

Wyatt Hensley

Jossie Hernandez

Gavin Macias 

Sydney Mange 

Keeley Poloni  

University of California Davis

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Oklahoma State University

University of California Davis 

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

California State University Fresno

University of California Davis

Raul Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship

Blake Ayala

Derek Denton

Mikalyn Emanuelli

Charles Peraza

Keeley Poloni

Kendal Shields

Brandi Whittle 

Mariah Zendejas 

Boise State University

Cal Poly, Pomona

University of San Diego 

New Mexico State University

University of California Davis

Harvard 

Northern Oklahoma College 

Arizona State University

Jack & Pauline McConnell Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Chambers

Bradley Denton

Sarah Grizzle

Vanguard University

Cal Poly, Pomona

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Vern Highley Memorial Scholarship

Madison Mills

Mariah Zendejas

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Arizona State University 

Jack Strobel Memorial Scholarship

Al Kalin Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Lopez

Sydney Mange

Madison Mills 

Keeley Poloni 

Haylee Ray

Jacob Sanchez

Mariah Zendejas 

Kimberly Aguirre

Blake Ayala 

Donald Benedict 

Lindsay Lemert

Keeley Poloni 

Elijah Ramos

Nathalia Vazquez

Andrea Vega 

University of California, Davis  

Boise State University

Imperial Valley College

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Davis

Imperial Valley College

University of California, Davis

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

University of California, Davis  

California State University, Fresno

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

University of California, Davis

New Mexico State University

Oklahoma State University 

Arizona State University 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship program, local students interested in agriculture are also eligible to apply for scholarships from the following entities:

CFBF Foundation Scholarship

 

The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation was organized to give aid to students with a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. The scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to study agriculture.

Please click the button below for more information.

CAPCA Scholarship

 

One Stanley W. Strew Scholarship opportunity is available. A $3,000.00 scholarship sponsored by CA. Association of Pest Control Advisers will be selected by the Stanley W. Strew Fund Board of Trustees.

Please click the button below for more information.

Rain For Rent

 

College students can benefit through Scholarships sponsored by Rain for Rent. Please click the buttons below for more information.

Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association

 

The Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association in cooperation with members in the produce and other related industries provide various scholarships to students wishing to pursue a career in agriculture, including the IV Produce Scholarship and Ed McGrew Scholarship.

Please click the button below for more information.

California Women For Agriculture

 

The Imperial Valley California Women for Agriculture promotes the interest and involvement of California women in agriculture. The Imperial Valley CWA supports women from the Imperial Valley in their academic endeavors through their scholarship program.

CMWF Heritage Foundation 

 

CMWF Heritage Foundations is offering scholarships to residents of Imperial County who have chosen a field of study in continuing their education in technology school, trade school, or a two year college.  The applicant's interest will be in welding, agriculture mechanics, electrical, livestock, auctioneering, agricultural business or other similar fields.