DINUBA– Ruiz 4 Kids has raised millions for Valley students seeking a college degree. And this year, they set a new record for the amount awarded to local high school seniors and transfer students. Earlier this month, the scholarship program initiated by Dinuba-based Ruiz Foods announced it set a new record by awarding $600,000 in scholarships this year, breaking last year’s record of $575,000.
Two thirds of the total, or $396,000, was awarded to 336 Central Valley students. Students were awarded a scholarship: $1,000 for graduating high school seniors and $2,500 for transfer students. Scholarship recipients also receive a generous number of El Monterey product coupons … for those quick lunches or late-night study snacks.
“Ruiz 4 Kids has always believed in helping local students’ pursuit of higher education,” said Kimberly Goble Beck, Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Program Chairman. “They are our future teachers, tradesman, CEO’s, doctors, contractors, artists and many other professions. After putting in years of hard work into their education, the cost of tuition or even a textbook should not prohibit them from achieving their dream.”
All scholarship dollars are raised via the annual Louis F. Ruiz Golf Invitational. The very first scholarships were awarded in 1987 when Ruiz 4 Kids raised $2500. Since then, close to $4M in scholarships have been awarded to students in the areas where Ruiz Foods Team Members live and work: Dinuba, California; Denison, Texas; and Florence, South Carolina.
Ruiz 4 Kids is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 when employees of Ruiz Food Products, Inc. approached Founder Fred Ruiz asking him to help them explore ways to assist families with children in need. Today, Ruiz 4 Kids works to fund two children/education programs: scholarships to high school seniors/community college students and the Mini-Grants for Teachers program.
Ruiz Foods is a privately-owned corporation with corporate offices in Dinuba, California. Kim Ruiz Beck, the elder daughter of Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Fred Ruiz, is Chairman. Rachel Cullen is the President and CEO.
Ruiz Foods is dedicated to premium quality, authentically prepared frozen foods selling to all channels of distribution: retail, convenience store, clubs, vending, industrial and foodservice. The El Monterey® brand is the #1 frozen Mexican food brand in the U.S. Tornados®, the company’s snack brand is the #1 roller grill item across the nation. Ruiz Foods employs over 3,500 Team
This story was updated on May 17 at 10:06 a.m.