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Monterey Mushrooms Awards $204,000 in Scholarships

Monterey Mushrooms Awards $204,000 in Scholarships



WATSONVILLE, CA - “We don’t just grow mushrooms; we grow people,” Monterey Mushroom’s President and CEO Shah Kazemi often says.

Now, furthering the company’s commitment to its people, Monterey Mushrooms is giving 147 children of employees a combined $204,128 in scholarship awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Dependent children of full-time employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship up to $5,000 and for up to 4 years, according to the company. 

Shah Kazemi (CEO) congratulating Eriberto Zuniga on his decision to further his education.

Beginning in 1992, the Monterey Mushrooms scholarship program is part of Kazemi’s commitment to giving the next generation of decision makers the tools they need to thrive in society. The program was renamed the Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Program in 2004 to honor the company’s past Vice President of Marketing, who was especially passionate about the importance of young people achieving their potential. Since its inception, the program has awarded $2,400,000 in scholarship money

Pictured (left to right): Arturo Carrasco, Mrs. Carrasco, Shah Kazemi (CEO), Rolando Leon, Jennifer Leon (UCSC, Computer Sci.), Rocio Becerra (CSUMB, Nursing), Florencio Becerra, Eriberto Zuniga (Cabrillo, Computer Info.), Efrain Ochoa, John Carlos Ochoa Toledo (SJSU, Bus. Mngt.), Esperanza Fernandez

According to a press release, scholarships are awarded to those who pursue higher education degrees at accredited colleges, universities and vocation/technical schools. Students that apply share their educational background, academic goals and aspirations, school activities, work experience, and personal achievements in order to be considered. 

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