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College of Agriculture

True Grit Scholarship Winners Announced

Announced on: Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Three individual photos of female students Sarah Mendonca, Erika Sos, and Linzee DeGraffThe North Valley Chapter of the California Women for Agriculture (CWA) and the California State University, Chico College of Agriculture announced the winners of the inaugural True Grit Scholarship. They are Sarah Mendonca (Chico), Erika Sos (Chico) and Linzee DeGraff (Marysville). The scholarship opportunity was open to high school seniors throughout California who are planning to attend college within the state and major in agriculture in the coming fall. The application process consisted of a three–to four–minute digital story sharing their high school experience and what role agriculture has played in their lives.

Funded by CWA, the True Grit Scholarship was created by CSU, Chico agriculture professor Celina Phillips to recognize the resiliency and determination that California high school students have displayed in recent years.
“Just here in Butte County, these kids have lived through the Oroville Dam crisis, the Camp Fire and now COVID-19,” Phillips said. “Students throughout the state have seen more in their young lives than most of us had by the time we graduated high school. It was inspiring to watch their videos and see their passion for agriculture and hopes for the future.”

The winning stories can be viewed on YouTube at the following links:

Sarah Mendonca:    
Erika Sos:  
Linzee DeGraff:  

For more information contact Celina Phillips at 530-898-4147 or by email at