Bobalu Berries expanding scholarships for 2023
Bobalu Berry Farms managing partners established an annual scholarship in 2022 to celebrate 60 years in business honoring their grandparents. In 2023 Bobby and RC Jones are expanding the program to support additional students.
Graduating high school seniors in Ventura County, CA, benefited from the company’s scholarship program in 2022 with nine graduating seniors receiving funds to support their education at schools, including UCLA, California Lutheran University, University of California Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The partners at Bobalu were deeply touched by the response to the program and the caliber of the students that applied for their scholarships — so much so that the Jones family has expanded the program for 2023 to include high schools throughout Santa Maria, CA, their other major farming region in the state.
With each scholarship awarded, the team received personal messages from students excited to take the next step in furthering their education, grateful for the assistance provided by Bobalu.
Bobalu has contacted the school districts in both regions, and school counselors are spreading the word with their high school seniors about the 2023 scholarships. Some of the students last year were the first in their family to attend college and the company said it is pleased to be part of their story as they move forward offering the program to even more students this year.
The Bobalu Berry Farms Scholarship program has merit-based requirements with an emphasis on community service and volunteerism as a key part of the qualifications. The nine outstanding students that received funds last year exemplified those standards and the company looks forward to more of the same in 2023.
The Jones family said it is proud to support the nine students already enrolled in college and excited to continue the program. “We look forward to building on this scholarship program with the addition of Santa Maria high schools and we have already received positive responses from each of the five schools we added there,” said RC Jones.
Photo: RC and Bobby Jones