Castroville, California-based Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes, has released its 2021 scholarship recipients.
Since 2018, the Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarship Program annually awards seven scholarships to recipients who demonstrate the guiding values of Ocean Mist Farms – integrity, quality, passion and success – with $1,000 toward their college tuition.
“We are thrilled to announce our scholarship recipients for the class of 2021,” said Jonelle Wong, scholarship committee chairperson. “At Ocean Mist Farms, one of the most rewarding things we do each year is to support our local students through this scholarship program. We look forward to continuing in this tradition of recognizing students for their hard work for years to come.”
After reviewing 23 applications, the committee selected seven students to receive the $1,000 scholarship:
Dependent Scholarship Winners
- Layla Ruiz, daughter of Serafin Ruiz (operations manager, Sea Breeze Harvesting – Castroville), will be attending UCLA and majoring in biology; and
- Victoria Sager, daughter of Jonelle Wong (operations controller, Ocean Mist Foods – Castroville), is currently attending San Jose State and was awarded her bachelor’s degree in communication from San Diego State University.
Public Scholarship Winners
- Erick Torres will attend Stanford University, majoring in aerospace engineering;
- Katherine Hodges has been accepted to Pepperdine, St. Marys, UC Davis, UC San Diego and UCLA (Notre Dame High School) and will be majoring in human biology, pre-med;
- Lena Noya will attend Brown University, majoring in neuroscience;
- Consuelo Vidal-Perez will attend USC, majoring in law, history and culture; and
- Julia Hicks will attend Boise State University Honors College, majoring in criminal justice.
The scholarships are open to local residents of Monterey, Riverside, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and submissions require an essay, letters of reference, completed scholarship application and proof of higher education acceptance.
For more information, view the application and full list of requirements at: oceanmist.com/scholarship-program.