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Farm Bureau scholarships awarded to local Ag students

ESCONDIDO – Three Fallbrook residents are among the 11 San Diego County agriculture students who were recently awarded scholarships from the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. The total amount awarded varies each year, thanks to the generous contributions of private donors and business-supporting members of the Farm Bureau. This year, the San Diego County Farm Bureau (SDCFB) Scholarship Committee awarded $16,000 in varying amounts to the recipients.

The Fallbrook students who received scholarships are Margaret Maratsos, Marissa Tescier, both of whom are previous scholarship winners, and Taylor Zumstein.

“We had 22 applications submitted this year, with several students again being repeat recipients,” said SDCFB Scholarship Chair Janet Silva Kister. “Word is getting out that the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program has some serious money available to agriculturally directed college students. And it’s fascinating to see the wide range of career goals these applicants have, all under the agriculture industry umbrella.”

Maratsos attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and plans on being an Ag teacher. Tescier is a student at Oklahoma State, Stillwater majoring in animal nutrition and journalism, while Zumstein will be studying Ag marketing at Cal Poly, Pomona.

“These recipients show a wide range of student achievements, a variety of ag experiences, and plenty of high grades in their chosen field,” said Fred Ceballos, who has served eight years on Farm Bureau’s scholarship committee. “As they gain college experience, I can see in their applications that they are getting a better feel for the real world and where they fit into it. It’s so rewarding to serve on this committee and see how the students grow through their college years, and, for repeat scholarship recipients, to see how they are shaping their goals and ideals.”

The San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program began in 1999, with the primary source of scholarship funds coming from private donations and named scholarship awards. The balance is raised from the organization’s annual fall Scholarship Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for Thursday, Sept. 16 at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. For more information, call (760) 745-3023.


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