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Cal Poly Students Honored with Salmonson-BRANDT Scholarships

Fresno, California (May 14, 2024) – Two Cal Poly students have been awarded The John & Carol Salmonson Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture for the 2023-24 academic year. Funded by the Salmonson family and BRANDT, a leading provider of professional agronomic services and manufacturer of specialty input products, these scholarships recognize exceptional students in the field of agriculture.

The 2023-24 recipients are Martin De La Cruz and Kami Paige Ramer. The John & Carol Salmonson Scholarships are open to students in the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Each student received $10,000.

Martin De La Cruz
Plant Science Major
“Every time I learn something new in class, I can’t wait to get over to the greenhouse at the garden and try it!”

Kami Paige Ramer
Agricultural Science Major
"Thank you for the great support that you have given me. I appreciate all that you do for students.” 

The John & Carol Salmonson Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture was established in 2016 by matching grants from John & Carol Salmonson and BRANDT. Applicants must be California residents, demonstrate academic success and have financial need.


A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.