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Strawberry scholarships aid workers’ kids

04/23/2013 10:50:00 AM
Tom Burfield

“I always wanted to be a teacher,” she said.

Strawberry scholarships run in the Diaz family.

Yadira’s twin sister, Yaneth, also is attending Fresno State and hopes to become a social worker.

Her sister Ageueda, 24, received a scholarship and graduated from the university last year and hopes to become a social worker.

Another sister, 20, Rosa Deysi, is studying accounting at a community college with help from her scholarship.

Her sister, Erika, a sophomore in high school, also hopes to receive a scholarship.

The 19-year-old California Strawberry Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.5 million to 1,384 children of California strawberry farm workers. For the 2012-13 school year, $188,300 was awarded to 193 students

Over the years, the program has contributed to the successful completion of educational degrees, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs, according to the commission.

The scholarship program was established by California strawberry growers, shippers, processors and affiliated companies to extend funding for continuing students as a way to demonstrate grower’s appreciation of the contributions that farm workers make.

To qualify, scholarship applicants must have at least one parent who has been employed as a strawberry farm worker for the past two consecutive seasons. Awards are based on individual merit.

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