BRAE Department Scholarships

Each year, the BRAE department offers the scholarships listed below. For more information on individual scholarships and amounts, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Please apply through the "Cal Poly Scholarships" link available in your Cal Poly Portal.

Daisy J. Hudson Scholarship

Cal Poly BRAE has offered new students in Tulare and Kings County as well as continuing current students (with minimum GPAs) scholarship awards of the Daisy J. Hudson Agricultural Irrigation Career Scholarships.

Daisy J. Hudson, a life-long resident of Porterville in Tulare County knew from her career experience in farming and as General Manager of the Sausalito Irrigation District, that agriculture's two most important assets are water and people. This and her appreciation for women and minorities from rural backgrounds, led her to establish the Agricultural Irrigation Career Scholarships at Cal Poly.

These scholarships provide needs-based financial assistance to deserving students from Tulare and Kings Counties who through undergraduate studies in the areas of irrigation, water science and water engineering at Cal Poly, intend to pursue active careers in jobs in the key area of water.

List of recent Daisy J. Hudson Scholarship recipients

Merriam Endowment Scholarship

Professor Merriam was an internationally known irrigation consultant who taught at Cal Poly for 20 years. His students, both here and abroad, remember him for his inspiration and dedication to teaching. Professor Merriam and his family established the Merriam Endowment for Irrigation and Water Management within the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly. The endowment provides assistance to faculty and students in the field of irrigation. Cal Poly will always appreciate all of the guidance and support that Professor Merriam showed to both Cal Poly and the BRAE Department.  Student scholarships are in the form of covering the cost of busses for field trips for the water classes.

Provost and Pritchard Scholarship

Established in 1968, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group has established a tradition of engineering and consulting excellence in the San Joaquin Valley. With office locations in Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Bakersfield, and Oakdale, the firm features a mix of seasoned engineering veterans, complimented by younger professionals with fresh ideas and the most up-to-date technical skills.

Provost & Pritchard is an employee-owned company that specializes in civil and agricultural engineering, environmental and land use planning, hydrogeology, dairy design and permitting, and surveying services in the areas of water resources, municipal infrastructure, agriculture, site development, and environmental compliance.

The vision of Provost & Pritchard is to be the premier diversified engineering and related services firm in Central California by:

  • Living our values
  • Stable, secure and fun workplace (employer of choice)
  • Attract and retain best clients (consultant of choice)
  • Growing and profitable
  • Community involved and responsible

Currently, Provost & Pritchard employees about 20 Cal Poly BRAE Department graduates. For the Cal Poly BRAE scholarship, P&P looks for students with a demonstrated interest in irrigation, good technical and writing skills, and strong leadership qualities. Applicants are encouraged to articulate their academic achievements and express how they have been inspired in achieving their educational/career goals. Students must be recommended for the scholarship by the irrigation faculty at Cal Poly.

For more information, visit or email Thank you letters should go to:

Kevin R. Johansen, P.E.
Provost & Pritchard Engineering Group, Inc.
286 W. Cromwell Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711-6162
Phone: (559) 449-2700
Fax: (559) 449-2715

USBR Mid Pacific Region Water Users Conference Scholarship

The Mid Pacific Region Water Users consist of managers, Directors, O&M Personnel, Consultants, and Government Agency Representatives from irrigation districts served by the United States Bureau of Reclamation Facilities in California, Nevada, and Oregon.  Members of the water districts raise over $6,000 annually to support this scholarship.


  1. The scholarship amount will be $2,500.00 for a 2nd year student.
  2. Additionally, if the student maintains their GPA and major, they would receive $1,000.00 for the next 2 years so there are always 3 students in the scholarship cycle.
  3. The Cal Poly ITRC staff will select the recipients from the annual BRAE applicant pool and then inform the committee of the scholarship recipients.
  4. The selection will be a student involved in the field of irrigation.  The selection will also consider GPA, leadership, and merit in the final selection.

Thanks you letters should go to:
Jane Townsend 
WUC Scholarship Committee
1521 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-2272
Fax (916) 446-1063

IDC Scholarship

The staff of IDC Inc. concentrates on providing growers in California’s Central Valley with quality agricultural irrigation systems and unparalleled service. There are locations in Dos Palos, Linden and Patterson.

IDC Inc. specializes in drip/micro irrigation, solid-set sprinkler systems, filtration, electrical and pump stations. IDC boasts a number of Certified Irrigation Designers who can focus on designing sustainable turn-key systems for over 10,000 acres of agricultural commodities each year.

Students are eligible with a demonstrated interest in irrigation, good academic records and strong leadership qualities. Students must be recommended for the scholarship by the irrigation faculty at Cal Poly.
Thank you letters should go to:

Will Pruitt
Irrigation Design and Construction
P.O. Box 1412
Patterson, Ca 95363

CAIA Scholarship

The California Agricultural Irrigation Association Scholarship was organized to give aid to students with a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural irrigation industry.

Who is eligible?

  • High school seniors or undergraduate students who are residents of California entering or attending a two or four-year accredited college or university in California
  • Student must be considered a full-time student by their institution
  • Students with a major/concentration in agriculture with the intent to pursue a career in the irrigation industry

Each year, the CAIA Board of Directors will determine the number of scholarships and the award amounts depending on the funds available. Scholarship awards average $1000 for the academic year. In addition, scholarship recipients will automatically receive student memberships in CAIA for the duration of their scholarship period.

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