Jun 10, 2021
Grimmway Farms gives away scholarships, laptops
Oh, the places they’ll go!
On June 2, Grimmway Farms hosted an outdoor reception at its headquarters to announce the 2021 recipients of the Grimmway Farms Scholarship Program.
Bakersfield, California-based Grimmway markets itself as the largest organic vegetable producer in the USA, and sells carrots and more than 65 varieties of organic vegetables year-round. The company’s annual scholarship program recognizes the superior academic performance of students who have a parent or guardian employed by the company. At the reception, Grimmway honored 25 recent high school graduates and their families.
“Education has always been important at Grimmway Farms and we are grateful to continue the legacy of investing in our employees’ children. We are proud of a team that works hard every day to help feed the nation while raising children who perform at the top of their class,” Jeff Huckaby, President and CEO of Grimmway Farms, said in a press release. “We are proud of our scholarship recipients as well. We are excited to help you work toward your goal and wish you much success in the years to come.”
The scholarships, which are renewable for four years, are based on academic achievement and provide financial support for students attending two- and four-year colleges and universities, according to the company. Applicants who exceed a grade point average of 4.0 receive a MacBook Pro laptop in addition to scholarship funds.
“It has been a joy and inspiration getting to know these students throughout the application process,” said Dana Brennan, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. “The diversity of interests and drive is impressive and we look forward to watching them grow throughout their college careers.”
This year’s scholarship recipients will attend a range of top-ranked schools, including Baylor University, Chapman University, Columbia University and a variety of schools in the California State and University of California school systems.
“It is such an incredible honor to receive this scholarship in support of my academic endeavors to pursue my dreams! I am beyond grateful for this award and I look forward to utilizing the MacBook Pro in my future courses,” said Yael Bright, a 2021 Grimmway Farms Scholarship Program recipient. “I am excited to announce I will be a student of the Columbia University-Tel Aviv University Dual Degree Program where I will study Digital Culture & Communication as well as Literature and Music. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Grimmway Farms, I am so honored.”
Between 1997 and 2020, Grimmway supported more than 740 students through scholarships totaling over $2.15 million in funds, according to a release from the company. Under new ownership, the company will continue to expand the reach of its support, this year awarding scholarships to California students in Kern and Tulare counties and a student in Valdosta, Georgia.
Photos: Grimmway Farms