The Denny Jackman Scholarship

An annual essay competition and scholarship awarded by Farmland Working Group​

Farmland Working Group sponsors an annual competitive scholarship for graduating high school students and continuing college students in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. The scholarship is named for Denny Jackman, former Modesto City Council member and an advocate for smart growth, Denny was a charter member of the Farmland Working Group.

An application prompt is posted in the Fall with deadline for submission by Friday, February 18, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. The selection process is based on the merit of the submitted essay. The scholarship has a monetary component. Selected essay(s) will be published in the Group's newsletter.

Applications are only accepted using the submission form below.

2021-22 School Year Prompt:

Prepare a Petition: Discuss the merits of the land use proposal for the Riverwalk Project in Riverbank. Reference the Fall 2021 Farmland Working Group Newsletter. Your audience is the Riverbank City Council.

Essay Submission Form, 2021-22 School Year

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This form is expired as of 2/18/2022 and no longer accepts submissions.

Prior Years' Recipients

2023 To be determined.

2022 Landon C. and Morgan O. of Hilmar High School

2021 None selected.

2020 Megan E. of Los Banos High School

2019 William S. of Buhach Colony High School

2018 Alison D. of Enoch High School

2017 Stephanie S. of Buhach Colony High School

2015 Clayton S. of Buhach Colony High School

2014 Larry B. of Waterford HS, and Erica S. of Buhach Colony HS

2012 Gavin A. of Livingston High School

2011 John C. of Hughson High School

2010 Johanna M. of Turlock Christian School

2009 Jennifer R. of Atwater High School

2008 Victoria K. of Modesto High School

2007 Garland C. of Beyer High School

2006 Lance A. of Ceres High School, and Teresa M., and Elizabeth A.

2005 Christopher H. of Ceres High School

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