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Hilmar Cheese awards $15,000 in scholarships

Sixteen students will each receive a scholarship towards their college education through Hilmar Cheese Company’s ninth annual scholarship program.

"We are so glad to be able to help students further their education," said Druann Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company founding owner and scholarship committee member. "It is important to support our employee’s children, the children of the dairy farm families who ship milk to us and students majoring in agriculture who are our industry’s future."

Recipients were selected based on academic performance, financial need, community activities and future ambitions.

The company scholarship program expanded last year to include students who are not affiliated with Hilmar Cheese Company; but are dedicated to the industry. Students with an agricultural major living in the counties where the company is located – Merced and Stanislaus counties in California, and Dallam and Hartley counties in Texas could apply.

Six children of Hilmar Cheese Company employees will receive $1,000 scholarship: Natalie Dykzeul, Nicole Diele, Samantha Diele and Alissa Kummer of California and Carin Bagwell of Texas.

Sydnii Ray, Anthony Alamo, Jason Mast and Helen Ott of California and Mitchell Mellema of Texas will receive $1,000 scholarships. Natalie Sanders and Eric Migliazzo of California were also awarded $500 each. All are children of the dairy farm families who ship their milk to Hilmar Cheese Company in California and Texas.

For the agricultural major division, Karessa Mann, Megen Morales, Stephanie Quintana andLindsey Mendes of California were each awarded $1,000 to help with their studies at four year schools.

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