Turlock and Hilmar students receive Blue Diamond scholarships
The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation has awarded 25 college students from California scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Among the 25 recipients are Morgan Oliveira of Hilmar and Brooke Miranda of Turlock, Joshua Hack and Stephanie Temnyk.
“We are proud of this year’s scholarship recipients and wish them the best in their continued education,” said Dan Cummings, Chairman of the Board of Blue Diamond Growers. “The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation is committed to helping support this next generation of students who will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the agriculture industry for years to come.
To be eligible for the Blue Diamond Growers Foundation scholarship, students must currently live in almond-growing areas of California, intend to pursue college education in agriculture-related fields, have a GPA of 3.3 or above, have verification of enrollment in a college or university offering a four-year degree and be dependent on Blue Diamond employees or local community members pursuing studies in agriculture-related fields .
In the August edition of Blue Diamond’s “Almond Facts” magazine, each of the recipients shared some of their career goals and explained how the scholarship funds could help them on their journey.
Hack is currently attending Modesto Junior College where he is dual majoring in agricultural business and math. After earning his AS degrees, Hack plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to major in Bio Resource and Ag Engineering in hopes of a career in the irrigation industry.
“With my degree, I hope to work in the irrigation industry, either designing irrigation systems
for farmers to optimize their individual situation or work towards more sustainable water systems to help farmers maximize their allocated water and have enough water to
grow their crops,” he said. “I want to work to be part of the solution to California’s water crisis so farmers have enough water to grow their crops efficiently.”
Oliveira also attends Modesto Junior College, majoring in agricultural communications. She also intends to transfer to Cal Poly in the future.
“I plan to get my associate’s degree in agribusiness before attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to get a master’s degree in agricultural communication and a teaching degree,” she said. “My future education will help me not only to serve the agricultural community in terms of advocating for it, but also to help others to defend it. As a future agricultural educator, I know I have a truly important task, inspiring the future generation to be part of the agricultural industry. My goal is to continue my current mission as a leader within the FFA organization: to help members create their own passion for agriculture.
Meanwhile, Miranda plans to major in agribusiness or agricultural law at Clemson University to learn more about rights delegated to farmers, such as land and water.
“As the daughter of a dairy farmer, my parents taught me the importance of agriculture and the impact it has on our world,” she said. “I would stand up for California farmers and agriculture by continuing my career here in the Valley. I will support farmers’ rights and continue to spread the good of our California agriculture. With all the hate towards agriculture, it motivates me to help let people know about all the good agriculture brings to our world.
Temnyk also attends school out of state, as she attends Arizona State University to major in molecular biosciences and biotechnology.
“I’m on track to start my master’s in fall 2022, along with my bachelor’s and doctorate in fall 2024,” she said. “I’ve experienced the scientific process before by joining a lab team studying the effects of light duration (photoperiod) on indoor vertical gardening of strawberries.
Temnyk added that the implications of this research may pave the way for higher yields,
costs and improved fruit quality.
“Overall, my efforts serve to better understand the science of plant varieties, to unlock poorly understood gene mechanisms, and to trace their evolutionary history. The research I do may one day help me increase horticultural yields for farmers and expand plant nutrient profiles for undernourished communities,” she said.
The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation was founded in 2008 to provide scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and are pursuing a four-year college education. Since then, the Blue Diamond Foundation has awarded nearly 175 scholarships to help students from local communities achieve their college dreams.
More information about Temnyk, Miranda, Oliveira, Hack and the other 21 fellows can be found on the full Almond Facts publication available in digital version on www.bluediamondgrowers.com/almond-facts. For more information about the Blue Diamond Scholarship Foundation or to donate to the scholarship fund, go to www.bluediamondgrowers.com/scholarship-program.