George F. Sorn Scholarship
The Foundation recognizes that employees — and by extension their families — are the foundation of any agricultural enterprise. In 2007, it established the George F. Sorn Scholarship to help children of farmworkers realize their dreams of a college education. The scholarship benefits deserving high school graduates who are children of employees in the state’s specialty crop industry. A leading authority on farm labor, George F. Sorn led FFVA’s labor division for 17 years. He then served as FFVA’s vice president and general manager from 1984 until his retirement in 1992.
This year there were a number of outstanding applicants for the George F. Sorn Scholarship. Congratulations to 2021 winner Kevin Rendon.
Mike and Karen Stuart Scholarship
A focus of FFVA and its foundation is to identify and develop leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture and help foster a pipeline of talent in the industry. In an effort to instill passion for the agriculture industry, engage with a new generation of young leaders and foster a workforce dedicated to the future of Florida agriculture, FFVA created the Mike and Karen Stuart Scholarship. The scholarship encourages and supports college students who intend to pursue a career in the specialty crop industry. Applicants may be interested in either production agriculture (growing, shipping, packing) or the allied industry (fertilizer and crop protection, equipment, food safety, sales and marketing, etc.). The scholarship is in recognition of the devotion and many years of service to the specialty crop industry that Mike and Karen Stuart provided.
The 2021 scholarship recipients are Elanie Mason and Roberto Ortez. Both recipients are currently in their third year at the University of Florida.
Elanie Mason is a junior at the University of Florida studying agricultural education and communication. She also is a lab research assistant with Corteva AgriScience. In her application, she wrote that she was humbled to be a first-generation agriculturist. She did not grow up on a family farm but has been blessed with opportunities and experiences from farmers and ranchers. She hopes her experiences will inspire others to find their niche in the agriculture industry.
Roberto Ortez is a junior at the University of Florida studying environmental management in agriculture and natural resources. He also is in the sugar rotational development program for Florida Crystals Corporation. In his application, he wrote that he is a third-generation farmer, passionate about Florida agriculture because his future depends on it. His grandparents were cattle ranchers and corn and bean farmers in Honduras for decades.
$4,000 per recipient
The application period is now closed. Applications will be accepted again in Spring 2022.
We are grateful for the contributions of these donors:
2021 Donors to the Stuart Scholarship
Florida Crystals Corporation