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The Juan Garcia Farmworker Scholarship assists students of the Central Valley who are farmworkers or children of farmworkers and who demonstrate, by hard work and academic achievement, a desire to better their lives by pursuing higher education. 



JOSE CORTES  In June 2012, Jose graduated from Reedley High School with a 3.32 grade point average.  This was a big accomplishment for Jose and his parents, who have been encouraging him to pursue a better life through education.  In the fall Jose will attend Reedley College and then transfer to CUS, Fresno and major in Computer Science and Engineering.  Jose considers education a gift his parents are giving him and the most important thing in his life.  Besides his parents, Jose has five siblings, and he will be the first in the family to go to college. Jose's family has been struggling with health and economic challenges.  Along with his other siblings, Jose worked in the fields to help out the parents. This experience made Jose more determined to better his life by going to college.  He states, “I didn’t give up on finding the way to get help for my dad’s operation, just as I am not giving up on my education.  It is what my parents sacrificed their whole lives for, and I will not let them or myself down.”


MONICA FERREYRA  Monica graduated from Reedley High School in 2012 with a 3.83 grade point average.  She has been accepted to California State University, Fresno.  She will be majoring in Sociology and Psychology.  In high school she received awards for academic achievement and was involved in many school clubs and community organizations.  Monica’s parents have always worked in the fields.  Her father migrates every year to Oregon, Washington, and small towns in California to pick cherries when farm work is slow in Reedley where the family live.  She states, “I want to reach out to people and help them overcome a wide range of issues which include psychological, health, financial, personal relationships, drug abuse, and sexual addictions.”  She is very grateful to her parents and wants to pay them back by “handing them my college degree the day I graduate from a four year university.”


NANCY GARCIA  Nancy graduated from Reedley High School in 2012 with an impressive 3.92 grade point average.  In the fall she will be attending University of California, Irvine where she will major in Biology.  She has always dreamed of going to college and now she will be working towards her ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.   In high school she was in Concert and Marching Band, a member of the Yearbook, JV Tennis, JAV Badminton, CIA Club, and a recipient of the Reedley High School Academic Awards.  Nancy lives with her sibling and her mother who has been able to support the family as a farm worker for twenty years now.  Nancy admires her mother greatly and wants to achieve her dreams so she can help her in the future.  She realizes that she has a long road ahead of her and states, “I feel like I owe it to my mom to do something good in my life and take advantage of the opportunities she did not have. I want to become a Pediatrician, a long and expensive career to pursue.  It will take at least eleven years of school with medical school and residency.  It is not easy but it is what I want to do and I know in the end it will all be worth it.” 


HECTOR PADILLA  Hector graduated from Reedley High School with a 3.39 grade point average.  He has been accepted to California State University, Pomona where he will major in Architecture and a Master’s Degree. In high school he was a member of Generation Green and participated in fundraising events to improve the environment. Hector was determined to do his very best in high school, rising every morning at 5:00 am to study AP Calculus and prepare for his college preparatory classes.  He has an appreciation for the value of hard work after seeing his parents toil in the fields for ten hours a day, six to seven days a week.  In the harsh heat of the summer the family works picking nectarines, plums, and grapes.  Hector also worked in the field and had this to say of farm labor:  “This experience should be witnessed by everybody because many students take their future for granted and their education."   His parents have always stressed the importance of going to college and earning a degree.  Just like his parents did for him, Hector wants to give back to his community by creating a program to encourage students to stay in school and pursue higher education.


JOANNA SANCHEZ  Joanna graduated from Reedley High School with high academic honors, a 4.02 grade point average.  In the fall she will be attending UC, Santa Cruz and may pursue a career in medicine.  Joanna played badminton, was a member of clubs, and was involved in community services, including raising money for a Haiti relief fund.  Joanna is a determined young lady and more than anything wants to succeed in college.  She enjoys setting goals in order to stay focus on her future.  She says, “One of the main goals that has been on my mind is to have a better education than my parents.  Even though I appreciate what my parents do to get me ahead, I have always wanted to have a better future and not end up working in the fields or in a factory.”   Her parents are farm workers.  For Joanna, earning a degree in college is a way of thanking them for their support and showing them that they have been successful as parents.