Supporting the Future -Taylor Farms Scholarship Program Tops $1 Million

Supporting the Future -Taylor Farms Scholarship Program Tops $1 Million

Taylor Farms Scholarship at the CFMC

Taylor Farms employee Griselda Juarez Vargas accepts scholarship check on behalf of her son, Hector Juarez Vargas

For the past decade, Taylor Farms has been awarding college scholarships to outstanding children of employees looking to further their education, and in 2018, the program doubled!

In July 2018, we held Taylor Farms Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) luncheon and awarded 20 students – more than ever before – college scholarships. These recipients are all children of active, full-time Taylor Farms employees.

$250,000 Awarded in 2018 in New and Renewed Scholarships

To support students throughout their entire academic career, each recipient receives an upfront check for $5,000 with a guaranteed renewal of $5,000 for every year they remain in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university. This year, in addition to the $100,000 for the new recipients, the program awarded over $150,000 in renewed scholarships.

I have so much respect and admiration for Taylor Farms. Their commitment to higher education and to our community is incredible.” – Miguel Zavala, 2015 Taylor Farms Scholarship Recipient and UC Berkeley, School of Law, Graduate.

“Their generosity and support has allowed me to achieve my dream of graduating from Berkeley Law,” he continued.

Paola Estrada Tenya Taylor Farms 2018

Scholarship recipient, Paola Estrada Tena pictured with Bruce Taylor and Mark Campion of Taylor Farms

The Taylor Farms Scholarship Program was formally developed in 2012, although we have been awarding scholarships to students since 2008. The scholarship member selection committee consists of 12 Taylor Farms employees, and to date has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 95 recipients.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients:

  • Juan Carlos Rios Rodriguez – California State University, Long Beach
  • Hector Juarez-Vargas – University of California, Berkeley
  • Grayson Michael McGrew – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Justin Farias – California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Daniel Munoz – Cal Poly Pomona
  • Diego Ramirez – California State University, Chico
  • Christian Ortiz – University of California, Davis
  • Dylan Urias – Arizona State University
  • Javier Acosta – Arizona State University
  • Joshua Alfaro – San Francisco State University
  • Paola Estrada Tena – University of California, Davis
  • Maria Elisa Santiago Cruz – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Giselle Camarena Rodriguez – San Jose State University
  • Nini Isabel Preciado – Arizona State University
  • Denisse Garcia Zavala – University of Arizona
  • Maria Guadalupe Jaramillo – San Jose State University
  • Sarahi Ramirez Cortes – California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Griselda Tizcareno – Arizona State University
  • Melissa Rios Arias – University of California, Merced
  • Grace Niccum – Northern Arizona University

Adopted, with permission, from Taylor Farms blog, originally published 7/10/18 by Katrina Gargiulo, Taylor Farms

About CFMC Scholarships

The Community Foundation for Monterey County manages over 51 named scholarship funds, with a total value of more than $8.2 million. Each year, these funds award over $1,300,000 for the benefit of about 375 students. Learn more at