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Vintners offer scholarships to Solano College ag students

By From page A9 | August 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Suisun Valley grape growers are ready to help Solano Community College agricultural students.

The Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association and Solano Community College Educational Foundation announced the establishment of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association Scholarship. Five students will receive two-year scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year, for a total of $3,000 per student.

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full-time Solano Community College students with a declared agriculture major. They must want to pursue a career in agriculture, such as farming or ranching, or in the viticulture and wine production industry.

At the time of the scholarship award, the recipient must reside in Solano County or have graduated from high school in Solano County. Priority will be given to students who live in Suisun Valley or the immediate area.

“It is our honest hope that young individuals in Solano County will give agriculture full consideration as a viable career,” Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association President Roger King said in a press release. “It has been the historic backbone of Solano County.”

Supporting students for two years will help them complete the program on time, said Curt Johnston, executive director at the Solano Community College Education Foundation. Then they can transfer to one the state’s four-year institutions with strong agriculture degree programs.

Solano Community College President Jowel Laguerre in the press release praised the scholarship.

“To be sure, the investment by the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association is significant and it demonstrates to our trustees, faculty and students that we have strong community support for the Agriculture Program,” Laguerre said.

For more information, contact King at 425-9076 or [email protected] or Johnson at 863-7141.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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