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Roche Agriculture Scholarship $5,000

Award goes to MHS Carina Martinez, class of 2017

Post Date:05/16/2017 8:24 AM

Roche Agriculture Scholarship $5,000

Award goes to MHS Carina Martinez, class of 2017

Manteca Bulletin Staff Report

Manteca High senior Carina Martinez is the 2017 recipient of the Escalon Almond Company Roche Brother’s Agriculture Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding full-time students who have achieved positive academic and community leadership records.

Each year this scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who is a child of a Roche Brother’s employee and meets criterion for the application. The scholarship program has been an important part of Roche Brothers since it first launched in 2013. As a company built on family values, this program was initially created to give back to employee’s families and has since become a very special time of the year for this company.

Martinez will graduate with her 2017 class this month. She has maintained over a 4.0 GPA for both her junior and senior years, and has maintained high points in advanced placement and standardized classes. During the summer of 2016, she participated in a week-long conference at Sacramento State University that outlined the importance of pursuing higher education, and achieving social empowerment through culture.

Martinez has been very active in social and academic clubs at Manteca High. These clubs include: California Scholarship Federation, Thespian Club, Distributive Educational Clubs of America, and she currently serves as Secretary of Manteca High School’s Latin Culture Club.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to give back to our employees in a way that truly makes a difference- not only in their lives, but their children’s as well,” noted Joey Roche, president and scholarship administrator.

This year, the program has been renamed to the “Joseph Roche Agriculture Scholarship Fund” in memory of Roche Brother’s founder and Joey’s father Joseph Roche - who passed away in early 2016. Joseph was a co-founder of Roche Brothers and grew the company over the past 50 years. He was a man dedicated to helping others, and built Roche Brother’s on the family values and employee appreciation he held dear to his heart. This scholarship fund hopes to solidify those values, and bring them to each generation of Roche Brother employees year after year.

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