Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is offering six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2015. MBP awarded four $500 bursaries in 2014.
The bursaries are available to MBP members or their children who are attending a university, college or other post-secondary institution. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy.
“We are proud to offer these bursaries to our members and their children,” said Manitoba Beef Producers president Heinz Reimer. “The expansion of Manitoba’s beef industry is a major focus of ours and for the industry to grow we will require skilled labour in our rural areas.”
Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015 and be an active beef producer or the child of one. Applicants must use the bursary within two years of receiving it and the program they are attending must be at least one year in duration.
Interested students are required to submit an essay no more than 600 words in length discussing what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students are also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture.
Applicants must also submit either a high school or post-secondary transcript, proof of enrolment in a recognized institution, a list of their community involvement and three references. The application can be found on the Manitoba Beef Producers website.
Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by June 5, 2015. Winners will be notified on July 31, 2015. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.