Grimmway Farms Awards 62 College Scholarships to Kern County Students
BAKERSFIELD, 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 local academic standouts Belen Bravo and Ashleen Sodhi who
topped all 2017 Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarship recipients by finishing high school
with stellar 4.5 grade point overages.
“Receiving this college scholarship from Grimmway Farms was like lifting a weight off of my
shoulders,” said Bravo. “It allows me to focus on my academics rather than worrying about my
finances. Thank you, Grimmway Farms, for giving me the opportunity to further my education.”
Bravo, now a Human Biology and Society major at UCLA, graduated from Ridgeview High School
in Bakersfield. Sodhi, who also attended Ridgeview, is majoring in Biological Sciences at UC
“Receiving the Grimmway Farms scholarship was literally a dream come true,” said Sodhi. “Now,
I can attend my dream college without worrying about the burden of student loans. This
scholarship allows me to expand my horizon and pursue my degree.”
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.