The Madera County Cattlemen/Women Associations recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships. To quality for the scholarships, students were required to provide proof that they were pursuing a studies in an agricultural related field with a beef industry background, among many other basic requirements.
The following students were selected as scholarship recipients.
Joshua Tyler Dowell
Dowell is the son of Ricky and Dawna Dowell. Joshua graduated from Minarets High School with a 3.8 GPA. He was Student Body President at Minarets and Future Farmers of America (FFA) San Joaquin Region President for the past two years.
Joshua plans to attend California State University Fresno and pursue a major in animal science and a minor in food safety. He wants to specialize in food supply safety so he can pursue a career with the United States Department of Agriculture.
Daphne Rose Norman
Norman is the daughter of Rod and Laura Norman and has one brother and one sister.
As a scholar athlete and an "A" Honor Roll student at Yosemite High School, she maintained a 4.0 GPA. Daphne plans to pursue a degree in ag business at California State University Chico. Her career goal is to be a livestock nutritionist where she can promote agriculture. The Purina Company has given her the opportunity to be a guest speaker at seminars across the country.
Fernandez is a graduate of Sierra High School. She is the daughter of Martin and Theresa Fernandez and has two brothers and two sisters.
Last year, she was an "All Star" in 4-H and earned a State Degree in FFA. She plans to attend Montana State University to pursue a degree in animal science.
Zenteno is the daughter of Jose and Leticia Zenteno. She has one brother and one sister. Jennifer graduated from Liberty High School where she was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school.
Jennifer was active in FFA and helped her team place third in the state finals for specialty animal judging. She plans to attend Fresno State to obtain a degree in veterinary science. Then she will apply to University of California Davis to begin her career as a veterinarian.