Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms awarded 99 academic scholarships totaling $239,000 to children of employees.

Of the total, $217,000 was awarded to recipients in the U.S. and $22,000 to recipients in Mexico, according to a news release.

Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing higher education at accredited colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools, according to the release. 

“We don’t just grow mushrooms — we grow people,” Shah Kazemi, president and CEO of Monterey Mushrooms, said in the release.

Since the Monterey Mushroom scholarship program began in 1992, the company has awarded 2,217 grants totaling more than $3 million, according to the release.

“The feedback and thanks we receive from the students and their parents is inspiring and we look forward to watching these young leaders succeed in the future,” Kazemi said in the release.

Scholarship recipients said in the release the scholarship will provide assistance with the cost of tuition, reduce stress about debt, and help them focus on their studies.

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