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, we are offering multiple scholarships in amounts up to $2,500.00.
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 continued, “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.”
The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival of 2016 congratulates REGIN WILSON who is the recipient of the David Mason $1,000.00 Scholarship.
REGIN will be pursuing an education in Permaculture Design and majoring in Environmental Science at Pacific University in Oregon. We are proud to help him in his higher education as he explores sustainable and regenerative systems within agriculture. He noted in his application that Lavender in Permaculture Design helps attract bees and other beneficial insects which pollinate flowers and other fruits, thus playing a part in an ever larger cycle of regenerative events in Permaculture.
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.