Seven Area Students to be Awarded Scholarships June 2, at 59th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival in Monterey

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May 18, 2018 – Castroville, CA — Seven Central Coast students will be awarded Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarships at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the 59th annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey.

This is the third year that the scholarships will be awarded. This year, 39 students applied for the scholarship. Each recipient will receive $1,000 at the awards ceremony June 2.

The following are the scholarship winners, with name, high school, field of study and college they plan to attend, respectively.

>Ariel Sampson, Aptos High School, Engineering Management, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

>Akemi Ito, St. Francis High School, Biology, University San Diego

>Prashant Pranay Naidu, Salinas High School, General Education, Hartnell College

>Mark Kragh, Quail Hill High School, Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego

>Ella Dolores Tyler, Oasis High School, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

Dependent Scholarship Winners

>Nicole Taluban, San Benito High School, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

>Ryan Percy, Desert Christian Academy, Agricultural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The mission of the awards are “to recognize students who demonstrate the guiding values of integrity, quality, passion and success in their daily decisions and in their pursuit of higher education.” Ocean Mist Farms’ 94-year legacy is represented in its strong belief in these guiding values.

The Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarship Program awards a total of seven $1,000 academic scholarships each year to deserving students. Two $1,000 scholarships are available exclusively to a dependent of an Ocean Mist Farms Affiliate Company employee.

Successful candidates demonstrate the use of the four guiding values in their daily decisions and in their pursuit of education. Applicants must be high school graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Application requirements included an essay, letters of reference, a completed scholarship application and proof of higher education acceptance. The Ocean Mist Farms Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and awards scholarships based on the applicant's demonstrated potential for academic success.

About the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began in 1959 and has since developed to become a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” The festival features family-fun events for all ages and has been a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups for many years. For more information, visit

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