Grade 12 students heading off to college or university this fall to study agriculture or a food-related field are eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The program will award 65 scholarships to eligible students. Most will go to young people from farm families, but up to 25 scholarships could go to students who come from non-farm families.
“Modern agriculture is innovative, science based, high tech, and full of rewarding job opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds with diverse skill sets,” said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto Canada. “We need well-educated young people in our industry and with many Canadians passionate about improving their health and nutrition, there are job opportunities in food science and the culinary arts, too. So we’re happy to support these additional areas of study.”
The application deadline is May 31. Applicants must have confirmed plans to enrol in their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, an agriculture-related program, or a food-related field of study at a Canadian educational institution. Successful candidates will have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and community involvement. Applications must include an essay that outlines the future role they hope to play in agriculture or food, and how they see themselves making an impact in the industry. They also need a reference letter from a farmer or food-related professional.
Application forms and program details are available at the Monsanto website or by calling 1-800-667-4944.
The Monsanto Fund has awarded more than $1.8 million to thousands of students since 1991.