MODESTO — The Modesto Garden Club has awarded eight $1,500 scholarships to students majoring in horticulture-related subjects:
Dean Alley, Turlock, attends California State University, Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College, majoring in agricultural studies with the goal of doing landscape design or forestry management.
Giana Amador, Turlock, attends the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in genetics and plant biology with the goal of becoming a research scientist.
Zachary Baptista, Hughson, attends MJC but plans to attend Cal Poly to major in environmental horticulture to work in native plant restoration.
Brad Borges, Oakdale, plans to attend MJC to study agriculture science.
Jessica Sheetz, Patterson, attends MJC, studying public horticulture and plant protection to become an ISA-certified arborist.
Samuel Monteon, Modesto, studies crop, soil, fruit and ag sciences at MJC. He plans to become an ag instructor.
Derek Velting, Escalon, attends MJC, studying crop science and agricultural biology. His goal is to do farm management and be a pest-control adviser.
Megen Morales, Atwater, attends MJC but plans to attend California State University, Fresno, to major in enology.
Scholarship funds are provided by the club's spring garden tour.
Every year, the Ripon Garden Club awards two scholarships to local students who have demonstrated interest in agriculture or horticulture.
This year, the scholarships, each $1,000, go to Michaela Ratto from Ripon High School, who plans to attend Modesto Junior College to study agriculture business, and Cassidy DeRousse from Ripon Christian High School, who plans to attend CSU Fresno to obtain a four-year degree in agriculture.
Modesto Christian High School student Danielle Sprouse is one of four high school students statewide selected to receive $500 scholarships from Carl's Jr. restaurants. Danielle works at the Carl's Jr. at Pelandale Avenue and Sisk Road in Modesto.