Irrigation Association awards scholarships to 18 students

The Irrigation Association has announced the winners of the 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program, sponsored by Rain Bird.
In its seventh year, the program awarded 18 scholarships to deserving recipients studying and pursuing careers in the irrigation field.

The Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, is excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program, sponsored by Rain Bird. In its seventh year, the program awarded 18 scholarships to deserving recipients studying and pursuing careers in the irrigation field.

The 18 students are from colleges and universities around the United States and are enrolled in associate to graduate programs with an irrigation focus. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, were awarded to students who have shown a passion and interest in sustainability, stewardship and use of water, and the essential contributions irrigated landscapes and irrigated agriculture have in improving the quality of life through a reliable global food supply and vital green spaces​.

Since the program’s inception in 2016, 125 students have been awarded scholarships. In 2023, Matthew Antunes and Cameron Lowrey were recognized as the 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra scholars, a special designation awarded to the top two winners each year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program:
Matthew Antunes – University of Connecticut, Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholar
Cameron Lowrey – California Polytechnic State University, Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholar
Darren Baty – California State University, Fresno
Matthew Frazier – San Jose State University
Lauren Fuhrman – Kansas State University
Adrian Gomez – Oklahoma State University
Emily Hanson – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Miller Hayes – University of Georgia
Nathan James – Colorado State University
Loretta Klecker – Michigan State University
Idalia Navarro – California State University, Fresno
Josie Prince – Clemson University
Cynthia Robbins – Saddleback College/MiraCosta College
Travis Roberson – Virginia Polytechnic University
Mary Rodriguez – MiraCosta College
Zachary Sannar – Utah State University
Margaret Usher – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Hattie Witherell – Oklahoma State University

The 2024 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program will open this fall with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2024. 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. To learn more about program requirements and the application process, visit www.irrigation.org/scholarships. Please contact the IA (workforcedev@irrigation.org, 703.536.7080) with any questions.

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