Paramount Farms has pledged $1 million to a scholarship fund at the University of California, Merced, in an effort to help low-income students from the south San Joaquin Valley pursue their higher education dreams.
"The Resnicks and the leadership of Paramount Farms are demonstrably committed to access to education in the Valley," said David Hosley, interim vice chancellor for University Relations. "This leadership gift is a great investment in our growing university and young people, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. The Paramount Farms Scholarship Fund will give students from the region the opportunity for a life-transforming experience."
Paramount Farms, owned by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, is the largest farmer of tree crops in the world. The company processes almonds, lemons, oranges and pistachios.
Azucena Robles, a mechanical engineering major from Bakersfield who will graduate in May 2013, is among the students who have been helped by Paramount Farms' past scholarships.
"This scholarship has helped me begin to achieve my long-term goal, which is to obtain higher education, find a great job and be a successful woman," Robles said.