A dozen young Albertans have received $1,500 “opportunity scholarships” from the Monsanto Fund.
In their application, each of these young people wrote about experience gained on their family farms, in community involvement, and in high school.
“Agriculture has evolved from feeding your own family members to feeding your international family members,” Taylor Lassiter, whose family has a Red Angus operation near Bassano, wrote in her application. “Ways of production need to continue to grow and change to support all global citizens. And since the need for agriculture will never cease, occupations in the industry will remain plentiful.”
Lassiter is pursuing a bachelor of science at the University of Lethbridge and plans to become a veterinarian.
Other Albertans receiving the scholarship were Marigje Bikker (Barrhead), Katherine Crawford (Didsbury), Tianna Groeneveld (Mannville), Renee Huvenaars (Hays), Mikaela Klemp (Mayerthorpe), Katelyn Krupa (Vimy), Brennan Munro (Airdrie), Lowell Nelson (Morrin), Christine Suominen (Lacombe), Megan Wanchuk (Boyne Lake), and Kyle Wheeler (Strathmore).
The Monsanto fund awarded 66 scholarships (chosen from 135 applications) across the country this year. Grade 12 graduates from farm families who are enrolled in a first-year degree or diploma program in agriculture or an agricultural-related field are eligible.
Details on the 2016 scholarship program will be released in February and will be available at monsanto.ca.