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PSA SCHOLARSHIPS

Students who are eligible are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Pacific Seed Association to be awarded at our February convention. In past years, we have awarded three $1,000 scholarships. For students to be eligible, they must be finishing their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year of college, or first year of grad school. 

Applicants must be enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student. 

Applicants are required to attach an official transcript, or have the college/university send one to the address below, to be eligible. 

Completed applications must be postmarked by the December 16, 2023 deadline. 

 

Please have the applications addressed to Donna Boggs at the address below. 

Donna Boggs
Pacific Seed Association 

1521 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.441.1064
donna@agamsi.com

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Recipients and Good Luck This Semester

2023 RECIPIENTS

Luis Martinez

California Polytechnic State University,  San Luis Obispo 

Luis Martinez was born and raised in King City, California. His family had come to the U.S. from the state of Zacatecas in Mexico, seeking a better life for themselves and their family. Luis grew up going to school and working in the King City Nursery, until he graduated from Hartnell College with his Associates in Science with an emphasis in Agriculture Production. He then went on to transfer to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. There Luis aims to achieve his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science, which I plan to use to better serve the industry. Luis strongly believes in a bright future for agriculture. He strives to not only achieve a better life for his own family, but he also strives to be able to serve the seed industry to the best of his ability. The seed is the beginning and the end. Without it, nothing would ever become accomplished. That is why Luis aims to do his best and be able to serve his community, the industry and most importantly his family.

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Jacob Meeuwsen
Washington State University

Jake Meeuwsen is a first year Ph.D. student in the department of Horticulture at Washington State University. His research is focused on improving potato crop water use efficiency as it is altered by plant spatial arrangement and populations, understanding the effects of water deficit during key potato growth stages, and reducing evaporation with mobile drip irrigation. Jake earned his undergraduate degree in crop science from the University of Idaho in May of 2022. During his time at University of Idaho he worked for ProGene Plant Research as a pulse breeder intern and as the greenhouse manager. During the summers he interned for Syngenta Crop Protection conducting field trials in fruit trees and row crops. It was during these internships he learned the importance of agriculture and the need to become sustainable while still being productive. The Pacific Seed Association scholarship has reduced the financial burden allowing him to continue my research.

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Lisa Branco

University of Phoenix

Born and raised in the Salinas Valley, I have been surrounded by agriculture my entire life.  Although my family had no ties to agriculture, the farming community piqued my interest from a very early age.  In 2003, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a concentration in marketing and international management from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.  I am currently working on obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Phoenix with an October 2023 graduation date.  I began my career with Radicle Seed Company & Headstart Nursery twenty years ago and am an integral part of their Executive Management team.  The opportunities that have been afforded to me throughout my journey have been plentiful.  I strive to pay it forward by being a voice and advocate for the agricultural industry, guiding the next generation toward a rewarding career like I have been fortunate to find.

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Bailey Scheuber

California Polytechnic State University,  San Luis Obispo 

My name is Bailey Scheuber, and I am currently attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management with a minor in Agricultural Business and Water Science. I grew up in Hughson, CA where my family farms almonds. This summer I will be working as a Project Engineer Intern for Preston Pipelines in Stanford, CA. I am honored to have been chosen for the Pacific Seed Association 2023 Scholarship and I am excited to continue my education and learning experiences.

Audrey Kruse

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Audrey Morrison (née Kruse) is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program. Her research studies resistance to Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS) in table beet and Swiss chard. BLS is a foliar disease that affects both seed and crop production, seen in the PNW and Western United States. As an undergraduate, Audrey was able to hold a few internships in these seed and crop producing regions. She did her undergraduate education at Purdue University, where she received her B.S. in Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology. Upon graduation from UW-Madison, she hopes to pursue an industry career as a plant breeder.

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