Grimmway Farms Awards 62 College Scholarships to Kern County Students
LAMONT, Calif, September 26, 2017 – Grimmway Farms today announced the awarding of 62 college scholarships to recent Kern County-area high school graduates as part of its annual Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarship Program.
The Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarship Program is a company-wide initiative designed to help high-achieving high school seniors pursue their dreams of a college education. Award qualifications include superior academic performance, and all scholarship applicants must also have a parent employed by Grimmway Farms, a global produce leader.
“We’re proud to help these young people pursue their academic dreams at colleges and universities across the nation,” said Grimmway Farms president, Jeff Huckaby. “By investing in them, we are investing in the future success of our employees and their families, as well as the communities where we operate.”
This year’s Kern recipients hail from the Arvin, Bakersfield, Delano, Lamont, McFarland, and Shafter communities – including Lamont academic standout Jayla Gutierrez, who’s scholarship also included a laptop computer.
“I interpreted this scholarship as a blessing to me and a token of God’s love,” said Gutierrez. “When my family could not afford to buy me a laptop, this scholarship was God’s way of saying ‘I will provide for you right now and always.’ I am honored to have this scholarship and computer.”
Gutierrez graduated from Arvin High School and plans to pursue a career in dentistry.
Edwin Juarez, also a Lamont native, was awarded his scholarship from Grimmway Farms in 2013. Today, Juarez is a senior at California State University, Los Angeles, majoring in art with a concentration of animation.
“Grimmway Farms’ academic scholarship has provided funding for me each of the past four years, which has given me the opportunity to further my education at Cal State LA,” said Juarez. “I am grateful for the support that Grimmway Farms has provided for me – my sincere gratitude and thanks go out to the wonderful company that Grimmway Farms is.”
Juarez, who also was awarded a laptop, recently completed a summer internship at Grimmway Farms
where he created a video animation depicting a carrot harvest and the baby carrot production process.
Since its 1997 launch, Grimmway Farms’ Scholarship Program has awarded more than 565 scholarships for a total of more than $1.5 million to graduating high school seniors. The company continues to expand the program, awarding 65 scholarships in 2017.
Scholarships are based on scholastic achievement and provide students attending two-year colleges with an annual $1,250 stipend, and students attending four-year universities with an annual $2,500 stipend – and are renewable for four years. This year’s recipients will attend a variety of schools, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the University of Oregon.
About Grimmway Farms
Family-owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a produce stand opened by the Grimm brothers in the early 1960s. Grimmway is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. Grimmway supplies more than 65 organic, USA-grown crops and brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv. Grimmway is committed to caring for customers and employees, honoring sustainable practices and preserving natural resources for future generations. For more information, explore our website or call (800) 301-3101.