Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Announces
David Mason Scholarship Opportunity 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, multiple $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
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, 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.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 2014 RECIPIENTS OF THE DAVID MASON SCHOLARSHIPS:
JACOB CALLAHAN, Class of 2014, St. Bonaventure High School – Jacob’s ultimate career goal is to be a ranch manager of a farm in Ventura. Jacob’s grandfather was a ranch manager and two uncles work in agriculture. He has been accepted at Chico state where he will major in agricultural practices. Involved in 4H since he was ten years old, he has raised market swine every year and loved every step of the process. Along the way he gained some real world experience and has been a teen leader for three years. Jacob presently works at Catalinos Berry Farms where he helps maintain tractors and the shop.
ROXANNE JUAREZ, Class of 2014, Nordhoff High School – Artist and future dentist, this young woman of vision intends to study the use of ordinary plants and oils for use in alternative medicines. In Vancouver, Canada she found a garden with lavender and learned that the smell alone can help dispel headaches. When she returned home she and her mother started experimenting with different uses for lavender. They made soothing, healing soaps and lavender filled pillows for a peaceful night of sleep. Roxanne hopes her passion for plants will someday change the use of medicine. Her unusual combination of interests – plant studies, art, dentistry – will take her on her own unique and individual path to success.
SAVANNA STANLEY, class of 2013, Nordhoff High School, is a repeat winner of our scholarship. Savanna is attending Missouri State University where she is majoring in Agriculture Communications with the intent to bring sustainable agricultural practices to the world.She is involved in a leadership program called “Emerging Leaders”. She is excited to work with the Global Peace Initiatives and the Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living in Minneapolis, where she will study the production of ultra-nutritious micro greens, also focusing on poverty and education in Minneapolis, which she sees as a path to better serve her community. Chosen for the SOAR group on her campus (out of 300 applicants, only 24 were chosen) she will live on campus this summer helping new students adjust to university life. Savanna is also a member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau and of the Missouri State Cattlemen’s Association.
DANE WHITMAN, class of 2012, Nordhoff High School; 2012 and 2013 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Scholarship recipient, returns again as a recipient of our scholarships. Dane’s study plan this year at Bennington College is entitled “Agricultural Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Community Development”. For his first field work term trip out of the bubble of college life and into the real world, he traveled to Ecuador for an internship at Neverland Farm in Loja. On his second field work term he returned to Ojai, and interned at a local permaculture educational center. This year he will travel to Israel to study at the Arava Institute. He hopes to design, propose and implement a permaculture project on the Bennington campus. His ultimate goal is to design and practice a system of agriculture that brings together concerns of the environment, the economy, energy, health, labor, education, community and the arts.