Napa, CA—The Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 scholarship recipients for graduating high school seniors pursuing college study of agriculture.

The scholarship winners for the high school class of 2018 are: Juan Pablo Escalante (Calistoga High School), Yesenia Montanez (Saint Helena High School), Jeffrey Avina (Justin-Siena High School), Elizabeth Wilson (Vintage High School), and Justin Haggard (Napa High School).

This year’s recipients are all highly-qualified, motivated students who have a passion for agriculture and local land use issues. The scholarships are made possible by the family of Aldo Delfino, the late Ag Commissioner of Napa County, who valued both the opportunity to attend college and the opportunity to return to Napa County and serve the community and local agriculture. The Aldo Delfino Scholarship was established upon the death of Aldo in 1981 for the purpose of awarding scholarships, in his name, to local students planning to attend college and study some form of agriculture. To date Aldo Delfino Memorial Scholarship fund has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.

All students listed above were winners of the Aldo Delfino scholarship. Juan Pablo Escalante, Yesenia Montanez, Jeffrey Avina, and Elizabeth Wilson also received 2018 Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Ag Land Preservation Fund Scholarships; additionally, Jeffrey Avina received the 2018 Wine Business Monthly Scholarship, and Yesenia Montanez received the 2018 California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) scholarship, administered by the Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Scholarship applicants were asked, in this 50th anniversary year of the Napa Valley Ag Preserve, to elaborate on their contribution to agriculture and its effect on our local economy, describing their involvement with farming, community issues, the environment, and other related topics.

“This year’s class of candidates gives us great hope for the future of Napa Agriculture,” said Johnnie White, President of the Napa County Farm Bureau. “We look forward to continuing the legacy of Aldo Delfino and staying in touch with these kids as they move into college and enter the workforce.”

Napa County Farm Bureau is a 105-year-old, membership-driven organization serving over 600 local farmers and ranchers in Napa County, individuals involved in production agriculture and non-farm members and businesses that support our goals, activities, and services. We are a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental organization whose basic goal is to foster the political, social, and economic climate for the continuation of agriculture. The Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was formed in 2017 to expand local agricultural education and community outreach activities.

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