Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association scholarships 2017 -- Yamashita, Bowles, Thompson

Butch Yamashita, of the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association, with scholarship award winners Erica Bowles and Trevor Thompson at FFA Awards Night in May at Nipomo High School.

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The Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association awarded 17 scholarships to college and high school students this year, including nine locally.

Member nurseries throughout Nipomo and Arroyo Grande opened their doors last spring to the general public to develop relationships with community members and to raise money for their scholarship fund. Each participating nursery donated a portion of that day’s sales to the scholarship fund, which is open to all students who are currently enrolled in college for the following year. The scholarship program is also available to students of employees who work at member nurseries.

One of the organization's goals is to continue encouraging future generations to enter the horticulture field and to promote higher education within the families that work in the local nursery business.

Local scholarship recipients are:

Adrian John Martinez, Pioneer Valley High School, transferring to Hancock College;

Victoria Rose Garcia, Santa Maria High School, transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo;

Edgar Hernandez, Santa Maria High School, transferring to California State University, Chico;

Andrea Fernandez, Arroyo Grande High School, transferring to Cal Poly, Pomona;

Kyle Kobara, Arroyo Grande High School, transferring to Cuesta College;

Erica Bowles, Nipomo High School, transferring to Butler Community College, Kansas;

Brooke Cuzick, Nipomo High School, transferring to UCLA;

Trevor Thompson, Nipomo High School, transferring to Oklahoma State University; and

Luke Wilenius, Nipomo High School, transferring to Point Loma Nazarene University.

Other recipients are:

Clair Bjork, San Marcos High School, transferring to UC Davis;

Haleigh Jones, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, continuing;

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Alina Dzukola, Cuesta College, continuing;

Jacob DeVor, California State University, Chico, continuing;

Erica Marquez, San Jose State University, continuing;

Samantha Fischbein, San Francisco State University, continuing;

Ian Forest, University of Nevada, continuing; and

Nelly Guerra, Cornell University, continuing.

Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association (CCGGA) was founded to provide a cohesive organization that acts as a good neighbor within the local and regional community, providing information and education to neighbors; other community groups or businesses; and county, state, or federal agencies. The CCGGA acts on behalf of its members in resolving issues that may arise with the neighboring communities, as we work to coexist and enjoy the numerous benefits the Central Coast provides for both living and growing high-quality plants.

For more information about the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association, call 800-961-8901 or visit www.ccgga.com.

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