Nine Manitoba high school students are among 51 from farm families across Canada who have secured $1,500 entrance scholarships to pursue studies in agriculture thanks to the Monsanto Opportunity Scholarship program.
The program received almost 200 applications this year. The winners were selected by a panel of judges based on their academic performance, leadership capabilities and involvement in giving back to charitable or other service groups in their local communities. All applicants were also required to submit an application essay that answered the question, In what area of agriculture would you like to work and why?
This year s judging panel included Bob Adamson, a high school science teacher within the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg; John Morriss, associate publisher and editorial director of Farm Business Communications and Johanne Ross, executive director, Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba.
Since its inception in 1991, Monsanto Canada has provided well over $1 million to hundreds of rural students who have chosen to study agriculture and pursue careers in the agricultural sector.
The most important thing we can grow is the next generation of farmers and agricultural professionals, said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. The Monsanto Opportunity Scholarship program supports young people who want to pursue studies, and hopefully careers, in agriculture.
This year s winners included Breanna Anderson, Swan River; Erin Cathcart, Neepawa; Erin Chorney, East Selkirk; Kendra Elliott, Cromer; Kiah Helgason-Stoyanowski, Arborg; Sean Horner, Minnedosa; Macey Ostberg, Dominion City and Davis Wright, MacGregor.