Forty-six (46) students from farm families who are pursuing studies in agriculture have each been awarded a scholarship valued at $1,500 compliments of Monsanto Canada's Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The 2010 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program received over 170 applications from rural students across the country. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based on their academic performance, leadership capabilities and involvement in giving back to charitable or other service groups in their local communities. All applicants were also required to submit an application essay that answered the question, "In what area of agriculture or forestry would you like to work and why?"
Since its inception in 1991, Monsanto Canada has provided over $1.1 million to hundreds of rural kids who have chosen to study agriculture and pursue careers in the agricultural sector.
"Supporting farm families and kids who want to study agriculture and hopefully pursue careers in agriculture is just one way we can give back to the farm customers and rural communities who help make our business successful," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "It is encouraging to see so many well-rounded and exceptional young people choosing agriculture as their field of study."
The 2010 Opportunity Scholarship winners are all high school graduates from a farm family who are enrolled in a first-year agriculture degree or diploma program at a recognized Canadian educational institution.
This year's scholarship judging panel included: John Morriss, associate publisher and editorial director Farm Business Communications; Don Pincock, retired Monsanto Canada employee; Ellen Pruden, education and promotions coordinator with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association; and Johanne Ross, executive director, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.
The Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program is one component of Monsanto's larger corporate giving program which seeks out opportunities to support groups that have a direct connection to agriculture and rural communities, specifically those with a focus on science and agriculture education; agriculture awareness; leadership and development opportunities for rural youth and farm safety.
Details on the launch of the 2011 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program will be released in February 2011 and will also be available online at www.monsanto.ca.
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