Deadline Coming Up for California Citrus Mutual Scholarships

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California Citrus Mutual (CCM) awards three scholarships to students who are pursuing an education and future in the agricultural industry. The deadline to apply for the scholarships has been extended to June 30.

The CCM High School Scholarship is given to a a qualified high school senior pursuing a continued education in an agriculture-related field. An eligible candidate must be a dependent of a CCM member or of an employee of a CCM member.

Applicants are required to submit in writing:

  • A copy of current transcripts
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Extracurricular activity
  • Work history
  • A separate one-page essay stating future goals and pursuits

The second scholarship is the Charles Coggins College Scholarship, named for the University of California, Riverside plant physiologist whose research on citrus considerably extended the fresh market season. It is awarded annually to a college student studying in the field of agriculture.

Applicants must be enrolled in college, a dependent of a CCM member or a member’s employee and currently pursuing a degree in agriculture, plant science or related field. Applicants must submit in writing evidence of leadership skills, extracurricular activities, an interest in agriculture and work history. A separate one-page essay stating future goals and pursuits is also required as well as an official, sealed transcript. Financial need will not be considered in selecting the scholarship recipient.

The third award is the Harrison B. Smith Memorial Scholarship for Cal Poly students. In 2014, the Smith family, who are longtime citrus growers and CCM members, provided a generous donation to the scholarship fund. The Harrison B. Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo student majoring in agriculture.

Applicants must submit in writing evidence of leadership skills, extracurricular activities, demonstrated agricultural interest, work history and a separate one-page essay stating future goals and pursuits. An official, sealed transcript must be submitted with the application. Financial need will not be considered in selecting the scholarship recipient.

Interested students should contact CCM at 559-592-3790 for additional information.

Source: California Citrus Mutual

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