Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms has recently presented 127 children of its employees with $235,000 in scholarship awards for the 2018-19 academic year.
Dependent children of full-time employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship up to $3,000 and for up to four years, according to a news release.
The scholarship program for Monterey Mushrooms began in 1992 and honors Carl Victor Fields, the company’s past vice president of marketing. Since inception, 2,118 grants have been awarded for a total of more than $2.8 million, according to the release.
Scholarships are awarded to those who pursue higher education degrees at accredited colleges, universities and vocation/technical schools. To apply, the student shares their educational background, academic goals and aspirations, school activities, work experience and personal achievements.
“We don’t just grow mushrooms; we grow people,” Shah Kazemi, president and CEO of Monterey Mushrooms, said in the release. “Education is the key to opening opportunities.”