SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

OSA congratulations the following recent award recipients:

James Tyler “Ty” Seely
2018 OSA/OSU Memorial Scholarship
Ty grew up in Hillsboro and is a senior studying Horticulture and International Studies. He did not grow up in the agriculture industry, but his interest was piqued while working at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center after his junior year of high school. Since then, he has worked summers at OSU on various research projects. He was our first interview done via a satellite as he spent the 2017 fall term in Guatemala establishing an oyster mushroom growing project/small business development. These hands-on experiences have helped him to choose his graduate program of combating food insecurity in the world. He will be graduating in June of 2018.

Adan Avila
2018 OSA/OSU Memorial Scholarship
Adan is a senior studying Ag Business Management and grew up in Canby. He has spent his life in agriculture working on a local fresh market vegetable farm while in high school and college, rising to crew supervisor. Adan has done two internships while in school at OSU, one with Pure Seed Testing in 2016, and the summer of 2017 at Northwest Farm Credit Services. From both internships, he has decided that he would like to pursue a career in either our seed industry or in Ag credit. He will be graduating in June of 2018.

Aaron Zielinski
2018 OSA/OSU Memorial Scholarship
Aaron is a senior from Gervais majoring in Crop and Soil Science, and wants to be an agronomist or extension agent. After high school, not fully knowing what he wanted to do for a career, Aaron worked for a few years in everything—from washing cars to retail. He also worked on his uncles’ farms and with his dad, Gordon, on their family’s hazelnut farm, before figuring out that he wanted to be involved in the ag industry.

Garrett Hightower
2018 OSA/OSU Memorial Scholarship and Oregon Seed Cleaning
Garrett is currently a junior majoring in Ag Business Management. He grew up on a diversified farm in Junction City and considers himself a lifetime ag person. As his father, Rodney, is part owner of Strome Farms, he has done everything from moving irrigation to equipment maintenance. His goals are to be “the next generation of the farm” by someday taking it over, and learning the tools to succeed while learning at OSU. He is on track to finish school in December 2018.

Colette Richter
2018 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Colette is a first-year masters student in the Crop and Soil Sciences department at
Oregon State University. Her co-advisers are Dr. Bob Zemetra (wheat breeding) and Dr. Sabry Elias (seed science and technology). Her thesis topic is “The Development of Screening Methods for the Transfer of a New Herbicide Resistance into Winter Wheat Adapted to the Pacific Northwest.” Colette is excited to be working on a project that gives her exposure to both plant breeding and seed technology, and could see herself working in both fields in the future. She plans to pursue a PhD after completing her master’s degree, but has not decided on a specific area of focus.

Colette transferred from the University of Wisconsin with one year of eligibility remaining, and is a member of the Oregon State University cross country and track teams. Her drive to succeed is evident and has helped her achieve at a high level in both academics and athletics throughout her career.

Brenda Birrueta
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Brenda is from Lebanon, Oregon, and the daughter of Celestino and Carmen Birrueta who are both long time employees of Barenbrug USA. Brenda is the first of her family to attend college and her family is proud of her achievement. Brenda just finished her sophomore year of studies at Oregon State University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. She spent her freshmen year at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

While attending school, Brenda also holds down a job. Her current employer states that she walks in the door with a smile on her face and is a pure joy to have in their office. Brenda never complains about her heavy work load, she always remains positive and stays on task. In school, her advisor writes that Brenda demonstrates an ability to work within a team, also exhibits leadership skills, and is a valuable contributor to the community around her.

Brenda’s current career plans are in Human Resources. She is hoping to find an internship this summer working for a local company in a similar aspect of Business Management.

Nicole Cavill
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Nicole just finished her four years at Central Linn High School in Halsey, Oregon. Nicole plans to become a physical therapist, and will be attending the University of Montana to study exercise science and sports medicine this fall.

While at Central Linn, she was very active with FFA, holding offices in her school’s chapter. Her advisors write that she displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility and ambition, in addition to her excellent scholastic accomplishments. She is a dependable team player and exhibits enthusiasm, reliability, and is most trustworthy. She also has a love of horses and is a part of the equestrian team, taking on the responsibility of being Team Captain this past year. She leads by example. She has a passion for helping others and likes to keep busy.

Nicole is the daughter of John and Laura Cavill. Laura is employed by DLF Pickseed USA.

Mitchell (Mitch) Evers
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship and
2017 Oregon Seed Cleaning Scholarship
Mitchell (Mitch) Evers, a senior at Oregon State University (OSU) and local Corvallis resident, received both the Oregon Seed Association/Oregon State University (OSA/OSU) and Oregon Seed Cleaning scholarship awards.

Mitch grew up on a dairy farm and has been around agriculture his entire life. His goal is to become an agronomist in forage production, either domestically or internationally. Mitch has been involved in the OSU Dairy Club and as a technician in the USDA Horticultural Crops research unit. He enjoys participating with Ag Fest and Farm Bureau, and the opportunities he has had to speak with legislators about the agriculture industry.

Tanner Holland
2017, 2016 & 2015 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Tanner is a junior at Oregon State University, majoring in Ag Science with a career goal of working in the seed industry. Tanner spent this past summer in the OSA internship program getting exposed to different aspects of the seed industry such as warehousing, cleaning, plant breeding research and harvesting.Tanner is a senior Ag Sciences major. Upon graduating, he hopes to work in the grass seed industry as an agronomist or get involved in seed or agricultural sales in the Willamette Valley.

Tanner completed an OSA internship and worked for several different member companies during the summer of 2015. This experience really solidified his desire to be involved in the Oregon seed industry. Tanner has an innate ability to build strong and positive relationships with the people he is around.

Samantha Roof
2017 & 2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Samantha is a senior at Oregon State University. After an internship as a freshman in Hermiston at the OSU Ag Research and Extension Center, Samantha became interested in the industry practice of spraying pesticides and protecting the environment and the animals living in it. Her goal became to mitigate and find a balance that can produce a high yield in production for the growers without having a negative impact to the environment. Samantha is majoring in Bioresource Research with an option in Sustainable Ecosystems.

Samantha Brentano
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Samantha is a senior at Oregon State University majoring in soil sciences,
Samantha would like to better agriculture through research and development, possibly as a research agronomist. Her goal is to pursue a Master’s degree in order to have more available resources and freedom to develop or enhance current or future tools and technology being used in agriculture. Her motivation is to help farmers maximize their inputs and minimize ecological impact.

Nick Carleson
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Nick is in the BioResource Research program at the Honors College at Oregon State University (OSU). His thesis focus is on plant-parasitic microbiomes. He has worked on the seed gall nematode, a pest seen in orchard grass and bent grass. In his free time, he loves to cycle and is the OSU cycling club race director.

Brenda Villanueva
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Brenda is majoring in Bio Resource Research with the objective of working in the seed industry with a focus on pathogens. Her goal is to find ways to control pathogens that are less expensive and have a greater efficacy. Brenda was also a presenter at the undergraduate summer research symposium at OSU where she received high marks. Brenda is a Sophmore at Oregon State University.

Angel Torres
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Angel has been around farming in Oregon his entire life. He is majoring in Crop and Soil Science and plans to attend graduate school and become a crop consultant working in the seed industry. Angel is involved in many extracurricular activities at OSU. He has made it a goal to give back and help others with his similar background and wants to make an impact in the Oregon seed industry.

Lucas Bobadilla
2017  William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship 
Lucas grew up in Brazil around his grandfather’s farm, which birthed his love of agriculture and his desire to improve practices. He is currently a first year graduate student studying the frequency and distribution of Glyphosate resistant populations of annual ryegrass. In 2015, he spent a year as a research assistant in the weed science lab at U.C. Davis, and previously worked as an intern studying the control of the weed Elesine indica in sugar cane in Brazil. Lucas is a twice-published co-author of research papers. Lucas has a strong desire to impact agriculture and is working on issues that directly affect the seed industry.

Tara Bergland
2017  William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Tara Bergland is a first year graduate student researching the efficacy of plant growth regulator mixtures on seed yield and yield components in tall fescue. She has volunteered in the OSU Dairy Barn as well as doing trail maintenance for Corvallis parks. In 2013, while traveling in Tanzania, she was able to see different sides of agriculture, including coffee and sugar cane farms. That experience helped her realize that she cares about agriculture and working to improve processes which will in turn impact people throughout the world.

Jessie Stone
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Jessie is pursuing dual degrees at Arizona State University. She is majoring in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU’s downtown campus. In addition, she also attends the WP Carey School of Business. She plans to graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.S. in Business Marketing.
Jessie is the daughter of Kyle and Cindy Stone.

Morgan Aerni
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Morgan, a 2013 West Albany graduate, now attends Oregon State University and plans to complete her BSc in Animal Sciences. She plans to become a veterinarian with hopes that she will one day have her own practice. Morgan is the daughter of Steve and Nancy Aerni.

Karina Lopez-Ruiz
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Karina will be pursuing a career as a pediatrician at Oregon State University in the fall of 2016. She plans to complete her pre-med studies at OSU before applying to medical schools. She also hopes to pursue her longtime dream of being a Peace Corp volunteer. “Ensuring children a healthy life from the beginning strongly impacts both their future lives and our entire society,” said Karina. She is the daughter of Jorge Ruiz Vasques and Eloisa Lopez De Ruiz

Elizabeth Hayes
2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
2016 ASTA Scholarship
Elizabeth, a post-baccalaureate student at Oregon State University received a OSA/OSU scholarship and a ASTA scholarship. Elizabeth is currently employed by Sure Crop Farm Service in Junction City as a crop scout and agronomist in training. Her major interests are in crop advising and consulting with local growers in the south valley. She plans to pursue a career as a certified crop adviser. Elizabeth works part-time for the Crop Science department at OSU with the forage research project focusing on the importance and diversity of forage production in Oregon. She is currently working on a project for the Oregon Clover Commission to develop marketing materials for clover seed.

Simon Fraher
2016, 2015 & 2013 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Simon is a senior in the Honors College at Oregon State University. Simon is a BioResource Research major, with an emphasis in sustainable ecology. His career goal is to ease the burden of agriculture on the world. He plans to travel next year around the nation networking with farmers, professors and industry professionals to refine his agricultural interest before starting the Master’s Program at OSU. He enjoys lab work and critical thinking.

Levi Graffenberger
2016 & 2015 OSA/OSU Scholarship

Levi is a senior at Oregon State University. Levi’s goal is to become an active business partner in the ownership of the family business, Chambers Farm (est. 1907), and to live a good life and feed people. “If you can’t feed 100 people, just feed one” is his motto. He plans to make some major changes at his family’s farm that would lead to a more environmentally conscious operation. His role model is his hard working grandfather. In addition to working on his family farm, Levi also travels to countries less fortunate to help with construction of buildings, introduce modern agricultural techniques to farming communities, and forward osmosis water filtration systems.

Cesar Juarez
2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Cesar, a senior at Oregon State University, has always had an interest in agriculture. His advisor at OSU says “he has been fully successful balancing work, community service and difficult course work.” He most recently has received the 2015 Outstanding Development and Outreach Role Model Award for an abstract he presented at a national conference in Washington D.C. Cesar sees his future within the field of Botany, Plant Pathology and Bioenergy. He is interested in an internship this summer.

Pete Berry
2016 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Pete is pursuing his doctorate at Oregon State University. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, he came to Oregon State University to pursue his doctorate in Crop Sciences. He is currently working on his thesis on brassica residue under varied cultural practices. After receiving his doctorate, Pete hopes to keep doing research in the field of Crop Science with a focus on International Agriculture Development.

Blake Kerbs
2016 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship