By Deanna Contreras
SANTA ROSA — Just as the Sonoma County Fair kicks off this week, PG&E has awarded two deserving Sonoma County students a PG&E Agriculture Scholarship through the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County.
Emma Manoukian and Melanie Hanlon each received $3,250 from PG&E. The Foundation provided 44 Sonoma and Marin County students with scholarships totaling more than $130,000.
Hanlon graduated from Petaluma High School this year and will attend Oregon State University to study Food Science and Technology. Her career goal is to become a food chemist. She recently was crowned the District 3 Dairy Princess and will be showing her prized poultry, lambs, rabbits, chickens and dairy heifer at the Sonoma County Fair this week.
“I thank PG&E and the Farm Bureau Foundation for this scholarship. It’s a notable and significant award and I feel honored to receive it,” said Hanlon. ”I hope this helps fellow FFA and 4-H students see that attending college is attainable and that our community is supportive and acknowledges hard-working youth who are passionate about ensuring a wholesome future for agriculture.“
Manoukian graduated from Healdsburg High School in 2016. She has her state FFA degree and was the North Coast Region FFA President. She attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in Agricultural Communications.
“We are honored to support these graduating high school seniors and students who are continuing their education at a four-year university or the Santa Rosa Junior College,” said Kim Vail, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. “With partners like PG&E, we can help support them as they continue their studies in agricultural business, animal science, dairy science, ag education, viticulture and diesel technology.”
This is the third year the PG&E Ag Scholarship has been given through the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County.
“It’s my favorite time of year when we get to help out deserving agriculture students with their college education,” said Lloyd Coker, PG&E’s customer relationship manager for ag and food processing.
The Farm Bureau Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation. Its mission is to provide education and services for the benefit of the agricultural community. Each year, the Foundation administers scholarships provided by organizations, businesses and individuals to assist deserving students in their agriculture education.
The Sonoma County Fair begins today (Aug. 3) through Aug. 13 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
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