2017 Ginny Patin Scholarships

The Members of the California Seed Association have been assisting outstanding college students in achieving their scholastic goals through the Ginny Patin Scholarship Foundation. Due in part to the wonderful support of CSA members at the Mid Year Bocce Ball and Golf Tournaments and through additional contributions, the Ginny Patin Scholarship Foundation is financially strong.  CSA is pleased to offer three $2500 scholarships this coming year to qualified students.  The 2017 Ginny Patin Scholarship Applications are now available online at the CSA website.

Awards are made on the basis of the following criteria:

  • interest – current and future – in the seed industry and/or agriculture
  • scholastic achievement and activities
  • essay
  • financial need
  • letter of recommendation
  • CSA affiliation

Acceptable fields of study include, but are not limited to: Agribusiness with an emphasis in Plant Science, Botany, Plant or Seed Physiology, Plant Science and Soil Science. Special interest in the seed industry is a plus. High school graduating seniors, undergraduate and graduate students enrolling or enrolled on a full-time basis in college or universities in the state of California are eligible.

Applications must be received in the CSA Office no later than February 3, 2017. Public announcement of the awards will be made at the California Seed Association’s Annual Convention March 5-8, 2017.  Scholarship recipients, as well as other applicants will receive notification by mail following the announcement of the awards.

Application forms can be downloaded below.

CSA Scholarship Application

CSA Scholarship Poster

You may also write to the California Seed Association Office at 1521 “I” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or call at 916/441-2251.

Please share this information with high school graduating seniors and/or college students and encourage them to apply.  

Thank you for your continued support of this valuable program.   


Past Scholarship Recipients

Kevin in the lab.

Q: How has this scholarship enhanced your education?
A: This scholarship has enhanced my education by providing financial assistance for tuition while I was an undergraduate at UC Davis. This funding was important in allowing me to pursue some of my personal research interests, as I was able to intern in a lab during that time. The time I spent in this lab not only introduced me to research, but it also taught me many critical lab skills that I still use in graduate school.

Q: Would/have you encouraged others to apply?
A: I have encouraged other students, who were eligible, to apply for this scholarship.

Q: Which field(s) of study are you pursuing?
A: After completing my bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences at UC Davis, I moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am currently pursuing a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics.

Q: Which career(s) are you interested in pursuing?
A: I am interested in pursuing a career in academic research in the fields related to plant breeding and plant genetics. I would like to focus my research on solving the many unanswered questions regarding the genetics of plant growth. Using information gained from research of this nature, I can apply this information in a manner that can improve plant cultivation in agricultural systems.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to tell members of the association?
A: I am very grateful for the generous support I received to help fund my education. I truly could not have achieved all that I have so far without the help of this scholarship.


Tyler with Christmas poinsettias raised in The Shasta College Greenhouses.

Q: How has this scholarship enhanced your education?
A: The Ginny Patin Scholarship has helped me to advance my education by paying for my last two semesters at Shasta College. over the course of this year I have taken several Ag courses such as Animal Science, Sustainable Agriculture in Practice, and Ag leadership to name a few. I am currently enrolled in both Botany and Biology so that my transition to Montana State goes smoothly and I have as many transferable courses as possible. 

Q: Would/have you encouraged others to apply?
A: I have encouraged several others to apply for this scholarship and showed them how to do it.

Q: Which field(s) of study are you pursuing?
A: As a transfer student coming out of Shasta College I will have a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and I will be pursuing a degree in Crop Science at Montana State Bozeman. 

Q: Which career(s) are you interested in pursuing?
A: After graduation I plan to pursue a career in agriculture as a Pest Control Adviser

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to tell members of the association?
A: I would just like to say thanks again for supporting my education and best of luck this year selecting a new recipient!