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2016-2017 California Strawberry Scholarships

California Strawberry Scholarships

The California Strawberry Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2 million to hundreds of children of strawberry farmworkers. Countless students and graduates are pursuing their passions and working in careers that span a wide range of professions. Additionally, many return to their hometowns to give back to their local communities and serve as inspirational role models.

Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria


• First-time applicants must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior two harvest seasons. (Applicants may also qualify if they are employed as a California strawberry fieldworker).

• Full-time enrollment in a trade school, community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested.

• Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater.


Required Documents

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016
Completed ONLINE APPLICATION and all required supporting documents due by this date.

FIRST TIME applicants provide:

  • Verification of Employment with a California strawberry grower
  • Official high school transcript
  • Two current letters of recommendation on letterhead (at least one letter must be from a school teacher or counselor)


  • Official college transcript showing final grades from most current completed semester/quarter (at least Fall 2015 or Winter 2016)
  • Class Schedule for Winter 2015 or Spring 2016 (Spring term is preferred) Document must show name and/or student number, plus number of units.


Application and supporting documents due by February 15, 2016.


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For additional information about our scholarship program, contact Dyann Meschi, Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@calstrawberry.org or by calling 831.724.1301.



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Support the California Strawberry Growers' Scholarship Fund

Join us in our mission of providing educational opportunities for the children of California strawberry fieldworkers. Your gift helps fulfill dreams of a bright future for these students and their families. Please contact us for any additional information about this program.

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