The Vista Hermosa Foundation Scholarship Program recently awarded $81,000 in scholarships to 18 first-generation college students from the Tri-City area.
The Vista Hermosa Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Broetje Orchards of Prescott, has so far given scholarships worth more than $1 million to college students. The scholarships are given to children of Broetje Orchard employees.
Each student receives a $4,500 scholarship, which can be renewed for up to a four-year degree. At least 10 hours of community service are required by scholarship recipients. This year, scholarship recipients volunteered for more than 1,280 hours.
This year's recipients are:
w Gilberto Ambriz of Walla Walla, son of Rocendo Ambriz & Teresa Urueta, studying chemical engineering, transferring from Walla Walla Community College to the University of Washington.
w Lucero Castaneda of Pasco, daughter of Juana Vergara Barrios, studying nursing at Columbia Basin College.
w Andrea Cruz of Prescott, daughter of Mario Cruz & Elvia Mendes de Cruz, studying dental hygiene, transferring from CBC to Eastern Washington University.
w Itzel Cuevas Vasquez of Walla Walla, daughter of Paula Vasquez & Ramon T. Lopez, pursuing a teaching and early childhood degree at Walla Walla Community College.
w Rocio Escalante of Prescott, studying psychology at Eastern Washington University.
w Alondra Espinoza Almejo of Prescott, daughter of Roberto Espinoza & Rosa Veronica Espinoza, studying psychology, transfering from CBC to Eastern Washington University.
w Anayeli Espinoza of Pasco, daughter of Maria Felix Consuelo & Noe Espinoza, studying teaching and education, transfering from CBC to Washington State University Tri-Cities.
w Guadalupe Gutierrez Anaya of Grandview, daughter of Salvador Gutierrez & Teodora Anaya, studying business administration at Yakima Valley Community College.
w Angelica Hernandez of Pasco, daughter of Guillermo Hernandez & Angelina Magallan, studying dental hygiene at CBC.
w Victor Hurtado of Pasco, son of Miguel Salazar & Candida Brito, studying mechanical engineering at CBC.
w Archivaldo Jacobo of Prescott, son of Archivaldo & Erika Jacobo, studying business management at CBC.
w Cesar Munguia of Prescott, son of Jesus and Guillermina Figueroa, studying management information systems at Washington State University Pullman.
w Danny Nava of Pasco, son of Meliton & Ignacia Nava, studying management information systems at WSU Pullman.
w Kevin Ortega of Prescott, son of Juan Manuel & Aurelia Ortega, studying business at WSU Pullman.
w Manuel Ramirez Bustos of Pasco, son of Humberto Bustos & Gloria Ramirez Flores, studying mechanical engineering at WSU Tri-Cities.
w Ramses Valdovinos of Pasco, son of Manuel Valdovinos, studying computer science at Central Washington University.
w Claudia Vargas of Walla Walla, daughter of Odilon Vargas & Ines Arenas, studying mechanical engineering at Columbia University.
w Jocelyn Vargas of Walla Walla, daughter of Odilon Vargas & Ines Arenas, studying human biology at Duke University.