2021 CCM Scholarship Foundation Recipients Announced

Lauren McEwen: Lauren had been awarded the California Citrus Mutual High School Scholarship; this scholarship is for seniors whose parents are or employed by CCM members. Lauren will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a major in Agricultural Communication. She aspires to work as a journalist for publication in the San Joaquin Valley, bringing the stories of agriculturists to the less informed. The McEwen family has been rooted in the agricultural industry for many generations.


  • Exeter FFA Reporter 2018-2019
  • Exeter FFA Secretary 2019-2020
  • Exeter FFA Vice President 2020-2021
  • Percussion Section Leader 2018-2021
  • Achievement in Foreign Language award; Spanish Department
  • History award at District Board mtg, 2019
  • Star Reporter, Sequoia Section award 2019
  • Offensive Player of the Year, JV girls soccer 2018, 2019
  • Winner San Joaquin Region Proficiency Award- Agricultural Communications
  • CA FFA State Finalist – Agricultural Communications
  • California Scholarship Federation Participant
  • Girls State nominee
  • Camp Royal nominee
  • Achievement in the English Language; English Department
  • Character Counts – Tulare County Office of Education, Pillar of CitizenshipMiss Exeter 2020


    Kiara Benavides: Kiara was awarded the Harrison B. Smith Memorial Scholarship; this scholarship is awarded to a Cal Poly student pursuing a career in agriculture.  She is majoring in Agricultural Science – College of Ag, Food and Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Agribusiness. Upon obtaining a B.S. in Agriculture Science, she will apply for the Master of Agriculture Education at Cal Poly. Kiara’s passion for agriculture came from her high school Future Farmers of America experience. She has a love for writing a classroom curriculum that will get students engaged via project-based learning.  Kiara has Interned with Booth Ranches and Cal Poly Strawberry Center.  She is serving on the CAFES Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and she works in the Poly Plant Ship as a florist.


    Dean’s List: Recognizes undergraduate students who have completed 12 or more letter-graded units with a 3.5-grade point average or better for that term. Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Winter 2021

    President’s List: Recognizes undergraduate students who have been named on the Dean’s Honors List for any three of the four quarters of the university year. 2018-2019 School Year

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