Irrigation Association awards scholarships to 18 students
The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2022 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program, sponsored by Rain Bird. In its sixth year, the program awarded 18 scholarships to deserving recipients studying and pursuing careers in the irrigation field. Rain Bird is the exclusive sponsor of the scholarship program through 2026 as a way to honor Rain Bird’s late president and CEO, Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra.
The 18 students are from colleges and universities around the nation and are enrolled in associate to graduate programs with an irrigation focus. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, were awarded based on the candidate’s letter of intent, financial need, resume, list of irrigation courses and letters of reference.
Since the program’s inception in 2016, 107 students have been awarded scholarships. In 2022, Molly Biggs and Megan Nelson were recognized as the 2022 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra scholars, a special designation awarded to the top two winners each year.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program:
Molly Biggs – Kansas State University
Megan Nelson – Kansas State University
Gavin Barnes – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Troy Bowman – Cincinnati State
Luis Cortes – California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Kristopher Criscione – Louisiana State University
Juanita Diusaba Yusunguaira – Walla Walla Community College
Matthew Gallegos – California State University, Fresno
Charles Graham – Oklahoma State University
Sheila Grubb – Spokane Community College Agriculture
Samuel Hester – University of Georgia
Mary Logan Tostenson – University of Georgia
Kade McGinn – Kansas State University
Emily Sarantopulos – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Emily Scruggs – Clemson University
Erika Sos – California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
John Van Vliet – California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo
Hannah Williams – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program will open this fall with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2023. To learn more about program requirements and the application process, visit www.irrigation.org/scholarships.