Scholarships awarded for farm and food students

Monsanto Canada has expanded the focus to also include culinary arts students

Monsanto is celebrating 25 years of scholarships by expanding its focus just a bit to include six nutrition and culinary arts students, alongside 61 agriculture students.

“Our program is still primarily aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in agriculture,” said Kelly Funke, public affairs manager with Monsanto Canada. “But we see food as an extension of agriculture. When the world is faced with the challenge of feeding an ever-growing population, it will take solutions from all parts of the ag and food sectors to do it. Maybe some of those ideas will come from these 67 amazing students.”

The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships are for $1,500 each.

All applications were reviewed by an independent judging panel comprised of educators, agriculture industry representatives, and others versed in the sector. It is administered on behalf of Monsanto by Agriculture in The Classroom Manitoba, and this year 157 applications came from across Canada.

“Helping to choose these scholarship winners is a gratifying experience,” said Sue Clayton, executive director of AITC-M. “As someone who is focused on agriculture education, I see farm and food intersecting all the time, and these young people are definitely making the connection.”

Manitoba recipients include:

  • Chantal Boonstra, Marquette
  • Bailey Gitzel, Graysville
  • Lina Gordon, Franklin
  • Kevin Grenier, St. Léon
  • Hendrik Jonk, Bruxelles
  • Jessica Mayes, Pierson
  • Mackenzie Miller, Oakville
  • Mikayla Rouire, St. Claude
  • Stephanie Stinson, Treherne
  • Emily Upgang, Poplar Point
  • Carter Watkins, Swan River
  • Randi Wright, Portage la Prairie
  • Rebecca Zimmer, Russell

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