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FRESNO — Westlands Water District is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the District’s annual scholarship program.

This is the thirteenth consecutive year the District will provide scholarships to recognize and reward exceptional academic achievement and leadership by graduating seniors.

Scholarships are awarded to students from the following westside high schools: Coalinga, Firebaugh, Lemoore, Mendota, Riverdale and Tranquillity.

“These scholarships represent a small gesture of thanks and support to the communities on the westside of the San Joaquin Valley that contribute to making our region productive and vibrant,” said Tom Birmingham, Westlands’ general manager. “We hope the recipients of these scholarships will continue to contribute to their communities and make them even better for future generations.”

Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for college expenses. Applicants are judged on their academic performance, school activities and community leadership.

Past scholarship recipients have enrolled into California State University, Fresno; University of California, Berkeley; California Polytechnic State University; University of California, Los Angeles; West Hills Community College; and more.

Applications and all supporting documents are due by May 10 and may be submitted by mail to P.O. Box 6056, Fresno, CA 93703 or in person to 3130 N. Fresno Street, Fresno; between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For an application and list of instructions, please contact the public affairs office at 241-6233 or visit https://wwd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/scholarship-application.pdf.

Westlands Water District is the largest agricultural water district in the United States, made up of more than 1,000 square miles of prime farmland in western Fresno and Kings counties. Under federal contracts, Westlands provides water to 700 family-owned farms that average 653 acres in size.

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