WESTERN TREASURE VALLEY – The Idaho-Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association Scholarship Committee recently announced the winners of its Association Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

Elisabeth Bybee is the daughter of Marc and Tamara Bybee and granddaughter of Garry and Ronda Bybee of Fiesta Farms, Inc. She received one of the $700 scholarships, and was also selected as the 2019 Tom & Dorothy Moore Memorial Scholarship Award Winner, which adds an additional $500.

A 2019 graduate of Nyssa High School, Bybee graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and will be attending Gonzaga University to study education in the fall. She said she would like to pursue a career in elementary education, which was inspired by positive influences in her life.

Stella Beams is the daughter of Zane Beams of Seedway. She is a 2019 graduate of Weiser High School and will be attending Berklee College of Music, which is a top music school in the nation. Beams also received a $700 scholarship.

Beams plans to double major in Singing/Songwriting and Music Therapy and hopes to develop her skills and grow as a person through Berklee’s unique educational plan.

Colby Beck is the son of Deron and Susan Beck of Seminis Vegetable Seeds. He is a 2019 graduate of Parma High School and will be attending Boise State University majoring in Business this fall. Beck was awarded a $200 scholarship. Colby hopes this education path will allow him to work as a full-time sales representative in the Treasure Valley or internationally.

Garrett Kitamura ($200.00 Award) is the son of Grant and Carole Kitamura of Baker & Murakami Produce. Kitamura is a 2012 graduate of Ontario High School and a 2018 graduate of Oregon State University where he earned his bachelor of arts in education and English. Currently, Garrett is attending the University of Virginia School of Law and he intends to return to the Treasure Valley to practice labor and employment law in the business and agriculture sectors. He was selected for a $200 scholarship.

Madison Richards is the daughter of Sharla and Matthew Richards and granddaughter of Owen and Colleen Froerer of Owyhee Produce. Madison is a 2015 graduate of Nyssa High School and is currently attending Brigham Young University-Idaho studying Agricultural Business. Richards was awarded a $200 scholarship. She said she hopes to return to the family farming operation in the future.

The Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association, Inc. was formed in September 1962, as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Idaho. It was formed primarily to give service to the produce shippers on matters pertaining to transportation and other relative industry problems, particularly matters arising out of the preparation, inspection, and the shipment of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association provides an effective avenue for its members to collaborate and work collectively on instrumental issues pertinent to the agricultural industry of its area.

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