Scholarship Recipients 2017

We measure our success in actual lives changed. These young women are either pursuing a degree in agriculture or from families of farm workers and California Women for Agriculture is helping pursue their dreams.

Meet the Recipients

Top from left to right Nallely Beltran, Daniela Garcia and Andrea Magana Escobar
Bottom from left to right Shelby Littleton, Rachel Costa, Michaela Chin

Nallely Beltran

Nallely graduated from Soledad High School in 2017. In the fall she will attend UC Merced majoring in bioengineering. She then plans to attend medical school and her ultimate career goal is to become a radiation oncologist. Over the past year she has been involved in Our Lady of Solitude Church, was captain of the dance team and is an intern helping students learn English as their second language.  Last year she attended COSMOS at UC Irvine where she worked side by side with a professor in a lab learning how abnormal tissue growth develops.

Daniela Garcia

Daniela graduated from Pajaro Valley High School in 2017. She will attend UC Davis in the fall with the career goal of becoming a pediatrician. Over the past year, she has been active in Suenos Aztecas folkloric dance, Gear Up, EAOP, Upward Bound, Link Crew, and is a sales representative for a prepaid phone company. In the previous year, she completed the Foodwhat internship and also won the ROP Portfolio Show Case for the best portfolio in Santa Cruz County.

Andrea Magana Escobar

Andrea graduated from Pajaro Valley High School in 2017 with above a 4.0 GPA. She plans on attending a four year college where she will major in engineering with a  potential focus on agricultural engineering. Over the past year, she was the team captain of the varsity basketball team, participated in track and field, and was president of the girls basketball club. She was also involved with Gear Up, TRIO Upward Bound and EAOP. In 2016, she completed an 11 week internship program called Foodwhat where she participated in an organic farm operation.

Shelby Littleton

Shelby will be entering her sophomore year at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo majoring in Environmental Earth and Soil Science. She is an active member in the Cal Poly Environmental Science Club. Her ultimate goal is to be able to teach more effective and sustainable farming methods, as well as provide crop growers with the access to the newest farming technology.

Rachel Costa

Rachel graduated in 2017 from Notre Dame High School with above a 4.0 GPA. She will be attending Cal Poly - SLO in the fall and pursuing a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences. At Notre Dame, Rachel was the Senior Class Vice President of the Associated Student Body and the captain of the swimming team. She is also active in the Monterey County Agriculture Education Fundraisers and the Soledad Mission BBQ Fundraisers.

Michaela Chin

Michaela will be entering her sophomore year at Cal Poly - SLO majoring in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences with a concentration in Fruit and Crop Science. Her career goal is to obtain her PCA and become an Agronomist. At Cal Poly
she is the Social Media and Outreach Chair for the Poly Pollinators Club, and is active in the Crops Club, the Horticulture Club and the Chinese Student Association.

Lauren Brigham

Lauren will be attending UC Davis in the fall majoring in Animal Science and Pre Vet. She plans
on continuing her education to become a veterinarian. Her ultimate career goal is to become a mobile
livestock and large animal vet. She is currently a horseback riding instructor, a nanny, and a busser/food
runner at a restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Parvati Brown

Parvati Brown is currently enrolled in Cabrillo College pursuing an A.S. in General Horticulture and Crop Production. She has taken on the production and sale of 6,000 vegetable starts at Cabrillo and has supervised the crop production at Cabrillo’s certified organic farm. Her ultimate goal is to work toward introducing culturally, geographically and economically feasible farming techniques to improve yields in crop production.

Jarely Vasquez-Guevara

Jarely graduated from Watsonville High School in 2017 with above a 4.0 GPA. In the fall, she will be attending the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkley with the ultimate career goal of becoming a doctor. She was a part of the Health Career Academy at Watsonville High School and last year completed a Science Internship Program at UC Santa Cruz where she studied and conducted research on the genome stability in baker’s yeast. In addition, she is actively involved in Link Crew, Lifeline Club, Dream Club,  resident of the Migrant Student Association Club and volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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