The Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation named Alex Burgess, a Junior at Salinas High School, and Hilltown 4-H member, as their 2018 Heritage Foundation Scholarship recipient.
“Alex stood out in a pool of excellent candidates because of her track record in leadership through 4-H and FFA ,” said Scholarship Chair Ralph Rianda.“The committee recognized Alex’s drive to continually better herself and her community and we are excited to have her as this year’s Heritage Scholarship recipient.”
As the Heritage Foundation Scholarship winner, Alex receives a $2,500 scholarship, a commemorative belt buckle, and is reimbursed for all expenses associated with raising her market hog for this year’s Fair.All proceeds from the sale of his animal will benefit the Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation and on-going projects at the Salinas Valley Fair.
Alex has been a part of 4-H for most of her life, starting at 5 years old in the Cloverbud program.She also served as a teen ambassador for the Monterey County 4-H Program.Her participation in 4-H, helped her to continue her success into FFA.
“Often people view 4-H and FFA as competing programs, but 4-H has laid the foundation and sparked my interest for the last 12 year,” Burgess said in her Heritage Scholarship essay.“FFA has been able to help me focus in and narrow down my career choices and path.”
Alex’s passion for agriculture and commitment to leadership were echoed by her teachers and community members.
“Alex is very passionate about agriculture and is a great advocate for educating others,” Salinas High FFA teacher Rachel Martinez said.“She possesses strong leadership skills and I believe her leadership skills will take her far in agriculture.”
Join the fun and bid on the Heritage Foundation animal at the Salinas Valley Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 am.To become a buyer, please contact the Salinas Valley Fair at 831-385-3243.