October 16, 2018

Agriculture Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Students wishing to submit an application for the 2019 Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship program can now do so.

“Our government is proud to support a strong participation of young Canadians in the agriculture and food industry which is essential to the future and growth of our sector,” said Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  “Through scholarships like these, we’re giving students the knowledge, skills and tools they need to succeed in an industry that’s growing our economy and creating well-paying jobs.”

The scholarship is funded through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.

“Agriculture is a major employer and economic driver in our province and there are many exciting career opportunities to pursue,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “The scholarship program is all about encouraging youth interested in agriculture to take an active role in shaping the industry.”

This year’s theme ‘Our Food Has a Story’ emphasizes the connection between modern agriculture practices and trust in the agriculture industry.  A food story ties consumers and producers together through shared values of health and nutrition, affordability, food safety and sustainability.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship must submit a creative three-minute video or a 1,000-word essay based on topics surrounding their food story.

“This scholarship provides a great opportunity to show your passion for agriculture,” winner of the 2018 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Emma Hinz said.  “It has allowed me to further my education and develop a deeper connection to the agriculture industry by sharing my voice.”

One winning scholarship of $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to students in Grade 12 and/or recent graduates entering agriculture-related post-secondary studies in 2019.

The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

For more information on the Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship and to view last year’s winners, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/ag-scholarship.