2013 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Gage Willey - Jim Thomas Memorial Scholarship Recipient
East Nicolaus High School graduate Gage Willey received Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau’s Jim Thomas Memorial Scholarship, the highest academic award presented by YSFB. Gage thoroughly impressed the YSFB Scholarship Committee with his phenomenal entrepreneurial spirit, great attitude and impressive drive. He created his own farming business, GSW Nurseries, where he raises heirloom pumpkins and gourds, and sells his produce at the Yuba City Certified Farmers Market. Even with the responsibilities of managing his business and multiple volunteer activities, Gage maintained perfect grades in high school. Before enrolling for classes at CSU Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for a major in plant science, Gage will be taking a year to fulfill his duties as California State FFA Treasurer. After college, Gage’s goal is to have a career in nursery production. To see YSFB’s video interview of Gage featuring a tour of his farming operation, visit our Facebook page or Web site.
Robert is a graduate of East Nicolaus High School and plans to attend UC Davis this fall. He stayed busy inside and outside the classroom in high school, participating in FFA, Aviation Club, football, track and Boy Scouts while earning outstanding grades. Robert will be seeking a degree in agricultural engineering and hopes to have a career in agricultural research and development one day.
Karen is a Yuba City High School graduate. With perfect attendance and a great GPA, Karen still found the time to be active in her community through Jakara Camp, the Fremont Rideout Teen Leadership Council, Supporting Children Across the World Club and several other organizations. Karen will be a biological sciences major at UC Santa Cruz this fall, and plans to become a cardiologist.
Karandeep is a graduate of Yuba City High School and will attend UC Davis this fall. She plans to study biological sciences and become a doctor so she can help others. Karen has a great scholastic resume, serving as California Scholastic Federation President, Supporting Children Across the World Club President, and chair of her school’s blood drive committee.
Ragvir is was a dedicated student athlete at Yuba City High School, and even attended a track meet minutes before his scholarship interview! Ragvir served as Key Club Secretary, was a member of Punjabi Club, MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement) and SLAM (Students Learning About Medicine). He will attend UC Davis, majoring in general biology. He plans to become a doctor.
Raveen is a graduate of Yuba City High School and will attend UC Davis this fall. Raveen earned straight A’s, played high school basketball, participated in the Teen Leadership Council, SLAM (Students Learning About Medicine), and served as Honker Fan Cub Vice President and Punjabi Club Treasurer. Raveen has also enjoyed working each summer on her grandfather’s peach farm. Majoring in biochemistry, Raveen wants to work as a pharmacist.
Raeann is a graduate of Yuba City High School and will attend the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Truly dedicated to her agriculture education, she has participated in 4-H and FFA consistently over the years. Raeann was also team captain of her interscholastic horse polo team, played field hockey and track, and was a content contributor to Crop Talk. In college, Raeann will study agriculture biotechnology to become a plant geneticist.
Bianca is a graduate of Sutter High School and will attend UC Berkeley. Maintaining a stellar GPA throughout high school, Bianca was a student columnist for the Appeal-Democrat, participated in 4-H, Interact Club, student government, and received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Bianca was also a member of the Antique Tractor and Machinery Club, the only of its kind in the nation. Bianca will study biological sciences at UC Berkeley and plans to become a plant geneticist.
Matthew is a graduate of Christian Brothers High School and will attend Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he plans to study biological sciences. In high school Matthew played baseball, was actively involved in Asian Club, and organized care packages for homeless teens in Sacramento. Matthew plans to have a career as an orthodontist.