A big scholarship and a helping hand

They’ve already won a $20,000 scholarship and now the four winners — two from Alberta — of a prestigious 4-H award have a mentor to help them achieve their career goals.

The mentorship program is a key part of Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction scholarships.

Emmett Sawyer, who grew up on a mixed farm near Acme and is a past member of the Swalwell 4-H Club, has been paired with Bill Buckner, former senior vice-president with Cargill. Sawyer, who began his bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies at the University of Lethbridge in the fall, says his goal is to become president of an agricultural company and one day pursue a career in federal politics.

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Emma Kaliel of Westlock County was a member of the Double Diamond 4-H Multi Club. She is studying engineering at the University of Alberta and has been paired with Erin Thorp, an engineer, certified coach and published author. Kaliel, who was profiled in the Nov. 5 edition of Alberta Farmer, credits 4-H with sparking her interest in science.

To learn more about the L.E.A.D. scholarship, its recipients, and their mentors, go to www.4-h-canada.ca/lead.

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