Monterey Mushrooms Inc. has reached the $2 million mark in scholarship awards to children of employees.
The Carl Victor Fields scholarship program at the Watsonville, Calif.-based company hit that mark with this year’s round of awards, $183,900 for 123 children of North American employees.
The program was established in 1992 — when five awards were made. It was named for Fields in 2004. It helps recipients achieve life goals, chief executive officer Shah Kazemi said in a news release.
Awards are made for one year at a time, for a total of four years if the student continues to meet criteria. The scholarships are also used to finance trade school and community college programs.
Fields was vice president of marketing for Monterey Mushrooms when he died in 2004. The Packer posthumously named him Produce Marketer for All Seasons during the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit that year.
The scholarships are now available to trade school and community college students whose parents work at Monterey Mushroom facilities across the U.S., according to the release.