Three local students earn Mont Mush scholarship

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Posted 9/24/19

Three college students with roots in Madisonville and parents working at Monterey Mushrooms were awarded scholarships this week under the mushroom company’s Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Program.

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Three local students earn Mont Mush scholarship

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Three college students with roots in Madisonville and parents working at Monterey Mushrooms were awarded scholarships this week under the mushroom company’s Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Program.

According to a press release from Monterey Mushrooms Inc., Jose Arjon, Delaney Wood and Marleen Alvarez of Madisonville were among the 99 children of employees that received a total of $239,000 in scholarship funds for the 2019-2020 school year.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this scholarship,” said Arjon, who attends the University of Houston. “My goal is to use the scholarship to cover the multiple costs that come with college.

“I would like to thank my family and the scholarship committee for believing in me and my dreams.”

Wood attends Texas A&M University, while Alvarez studies at Sam Houston State University.

Monterey issued $217,000 to recipients in the United States and another $22,000 to recipients in Mexico. Dependent children of full-time employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship that can tally up to $3,000 and up to four years. Recipients are awarded the full four years, conditioned on maintaining the scholarship’s academic criteria.

Those eligible for the scholarships were students pursuing high education degrees at accredited colleges, universities and vocational or technical schools.

The Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Program, named in 2004 to honor the company’s former vice president of marketing, began in 1992 and has since awarded 2,217 grants for a total of over $3 million dollars. In the first year of the program, there were only five scholarships given.

To apply for the scholarship, students were asked to share with the company educational and other experiences such as extracurricular activities, work experiences, personal achievements, as well as their overall goals and aspirations. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, financial need and future potential.

The company’s president and CEO Shah Kazemi, sees the program as a way to develop talent from inside the company’s operations.

“We do not just grow mushrooms, we grow people,” Kazemi said in the press release. He expanding on that idea in a 2013 release.

“It is education which provides the pathway and the entrance into the worlds of math, medicine, science and technology; it is education that allows our young people to move forward and to realize their life goals,” he said in 2013.

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