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 offered Grants to homeowners impacted by the Thomas fire for the purpose of replacing landscaping and the environment. We are pleased to announce grants to six applicants who will use the funds to assist in the restoration of the beauty of our neighborhoods, our city, and our valley.
Grants were given to: Anna Jacobs-Auric for Ojala, an historic Ojai property which suffered the loss of six buildings and numerous mature trees over the 20 acre property.
Karin K Dron to assist specifically with the replanting of a hillside/orchard in order to stabilize the hillside.
Teen Challenge for re-planting lavender and native plants and trees destroyed along with a major building on the property.
Full Circle Farm to help with replacement of the loss of multiple dwellings, severe damage to infrastructure, trees vital to hillside erosion, lavender, sage, and olive plants.
Josh and Meghan Belgum – Home destroyed and all surrounding landscape (20 acres) impacted.
Summy Bhatia – Need for significant hydroseeding to stabilize slopes, wattles to prevent further erosion, basic landscaping for property
ALL OF THE ABOVE APPLICANTS HAD SIGNIFICANT LOSSES WITH FORMERLY LUSH GREEN PROPERTY REDUCED TO A “MOONSCAPE” AFTER THOMAS DID HIS WORK. WE HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE IN A SMALL WAY TO THE HOPE, COURAGE, AND TENACITY OF THESE KEEPERS OF THE LAND AS THEY STRUGGLE TO RESTORE THE BEAUTY OF 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 and Grants are financed by donations and funds raised during the annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival.