The David Mason Scholarship Fund

The David Mason Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by the OVLF to provide financial aid to qualified Ojai Valley residents who are (or will be) actively engaged in an established educational program that focuses on agricultural practices relevant to the Ojai Valley and/or the beneficial uses of lavender. This year (2022), the amount of the David Mason scholarship award will be $2,500.00.

This continuing scholarship fund honors David Mason, lifelong Ojai resident, florist and local historian, and his steadfast commitment to the valley.

“It is very important to sustain agriculture in our valley, not only for the overall economic health of the valley but also to provide a spot of beauty, said David Mason. “I am honored,” he said, “that the David Mason Scholarship will support and encourage continued agriculture in Ojai.”

“Since our founding in 2004, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival has educated potential growers/farmers about the benefits of plants that celebrate our valley’s Mediterranean climate,” said OVLF President Cindy Mullins. “We feel it is critical to support and encourage sustainable agricultural careers in our community. We hope our scholarships can help make a difference in providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders within this vital industry.”

On July 22nd, 2017, the Ojai Valley lost a dear and treasured man. David departed our valley for a better place. The depth of his knowledge of the history of our valley and its people and his generous sharing of that knowledge has left a vast empty place in our lives and our hearts. Rest In Peace, David.

All applications are to be submitted by April 29, 2022.

Due to the fact that we did not receive any applications for scholarships this year, we are going to be donating to the following schools/organizations:

Matilija Middle School – Environment Studies program and Library

Nordhoff High School Parents Association, who supports teachers, students, and staff

Teen Challenge of Ventura

Green Coalition of Ojai

Click the button below to download the Scholarship Application.

The winner of the $2,500.00 David Mason Scholarship award for 2019 is Claire Hankins. This year additional awards of $2,000.00 have been given to Karen Romero Sanchez, Angela Zirpolo, Aliyah Zweig, and Giovanni Torres. Congratulations to each of you for your exemplary work and dedication. We wish you all the best in your college careers!