Monterey Mushrooms surpassed the $2 million mark in total scholarships awarded to the dependent children of Monterey employees. The scholarships have helped provide the opportunity to attain knowledge and fulfill dreams for the 20 years this program has been in place.
Awards for the school year of 2013-14 include a total of more than $183,900 in new or renewed scholarships to 123 children of Monterey's employees company-wide.
"It is education which provides the pathway and the entrance into the worlds of math, medicine, science and technology; it is education that allows our young people to move forward and to realize their life goals," Shah Kazemi, president and chief executive officer of Monterey Mushrooms, said in a press release.
This was the motivation that inspired the establishment of this scholarship program in 1992, when Monterey gave out a total of five scholarships. It continues today as Monterey sends students to colleges and universities throughout the country.
Renamed in 2004 for the late Carl Victor Fields, who was equally dedicated and committed to helping the youth, the program has grown into a vibrant and successful source of pride for Monterey.
Applications were received from Monterey's multi-site facilities located throughout North America. Evaluated on academic achievement, financial need and future potential, the awards are made for one year at a time for a total of four years if the student continues to meet the criteria of the program. Now more flexible, the program's awards are also used to finance trade school and community college programs, opening the many opportunities available through technical training.