David Mason Scholarship Opportunities for Ojai Valley Residents
Once again we are pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Ojai Valley residents. The David Mason Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by the OVLF to provide financial aid to qualified Ojai Valley residents who are (or will be) actively engaged in an established educational program that focuses on agricultural practices relevant to the Ojai Valley and/or the beneficial uses of lavender. This year, the amount of the David Mason scholarship award will be $2,000.00.
This continuing scholarship fund honors David Mason, lifelong Ojai resident, florist and local historian, and his steadfast commitment to the valley.
“It is very important to sustain agriculture in our valley, not only for the overall economic health of the valley, but also to provide a spot of beauty, said David Mason. “I am honored,” he said, “that the David Mason Scholarship will support and encourage continued agriculture in Ojai.”
“Since our founding in 2004, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival has educated potential growers/farmers about the benefits of plants that celebrate our valley’s Mediterranean climate,” said OVLF President Cindy Mullins. “We feel it is critical to support and encourage sustainable agricultural careers in our community. We hope our scholarships can help make a difference in providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders within this vital industry.”
ON JULY 22ND, 2017, THE OJAI VALLEY LOST A DEAR AND TREASURED MAN. DAVID DEPARTED OUR VALLEY FOR A BETTER PLACE. THE DEPTH OF HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF OUR VALLEY AND ITS PEOPLE AND HIS GENEROUS SHARING OF THAT KNOWLEDGE HAS LEFT A VAST EMPTY PLACE IN OUR LIVES AND OUR HEARTS. RIP, DAVID.
This year, in addition to our Scholarship award, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is offering a limited number of Grants ranging in value from $500. to $1,000. to homeowners impacted by the Thomas fire who will be replacing landscaping and the environment. We invite you to apply for this grant specifically designed to assist in the restoration of the beauty of our neighborhoods, our city, and our valley.
The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival, a non-profit organization, is proud to have educational outreach as a valued part of our mission. Scholarships are financed by donations and funds raised during the annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival.