Rocklin, CA – Farm Credit West recently announced the award of $24,000 in scholarships to sixteen high-achieving students enrolled full time in colleges this fall. The agriculture lending association joins with their local communities in celebrating these exceptional students, as they achieved academic excellence while navigating unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and corresponding shut-downs.

“Our association is pleased to provide these students with the financial resources to help them continue achieving their academic goals,” said Mark Littlefield, President and CEO of Farm Credit West. “Our young people are the future of agriculture. As a cooperatively-owned lending institute, it is our mission to recognize and support the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Scholars were selected through a competitive process to receive $1,500 to offset tuition expenses this fall. Successful candidates demonstrated dedication and significant contributions to their local agricultural communities. Recipients that maintain academic excellence throughout their college careers are eligible to renew their $1,500 scholarship for up to three years after their initial award, bringing the total award available to $6,000 per scholar. Since 1994, Farm Credit West has provided scholarships to 265 students and committed $995,500 to this program.

First-time Scholarship Winners

The following students were awarded with a Farm Credit West scholarship for the first time in the amount of $1,500 for the 2020/2021 collegiate school year.

Dolce Calandra of Kingsburg, CA plans to attend Fresno City College in the fall, majoring in Agribusiness.

Ethan Cardot of Fresno, CA is a first-year student attending the University of Arizona, majoring in Agribusiness Economics and Management.

Karly de Jong of Hanford, CA plans to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall with a major in Agricultural Communications.

Savick Dosanjh of Bakersfield, CA is a first-year student attending Fresno State, majoring in Agriculture Management.

Atticus Driver of Knights Landing, CA plans to attend the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the fall with a major in Nuclear Engineering.

Lauren Dutra of Hanford, CA plans to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this fall with a major in Agriculture Business and Dairy Science.

Jacob Fernandes of Tulare, CA plans to attend Harvard University in the fall and major in Government & Linguistics.

Madelyn Fernandes of Tulare, CA will enter at Fresno State University this fall with a major in Agriculture Education.

Connor Hayes of Lompoc, CA is a second-year student at Reedley College and plans to attend Fresno State this fall with a major in Plant and Animal Science.

Brandon Lemstra of Templeton, CA is a third-year student attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo studying Dairy Science.

Travis Lemstra of San Luis Obispo, CA is a first-year student attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo studying Agricultural Environmental Plant Sciences.

Macy Paschoal of Winters, CA will attend Chico State this fall where she will study Agricultural Business.

Siena Rollin of Riverdale, CA will enroll this fall at Texas Tech University with the objective of obtaining an Agricultural Communication degree.  

Lauren Sannar of Clovis, CA plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall, majoring in Environmental Science.

Amy Swall of Tulare, CA plans to attend Fresno State University majoring in Agriculture Communications.

Wyatt Ward of Hanford, CA plans to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall, studying Agriculture Engineering. 

About Farm Credit West

One of the West’s leading agricultural lenders, Farm Credit West and its wholly owned subsidiaries are cooperatively-owned lending institutions providing financial services to farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. Our offices are located in Arizona and California’s Central Coast, Imperial Valley, South San Joaquin Valley, and Sacramento Valley. The corporate headquarters is located in Rocklin, California. The Farm Credit System is a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations created by Congress in 1916. Visit