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Sask. students encouraged to apply for ag scholarship

Sask. students encouraged to apply for ag scholarship

The Province is providing $10,000 in scholarships to four students

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging high school students and recent graduates to apply for a scholarship to help with post-secondary costs.

Grade 12 students or students who graduated high school within the past two years and are pursuing ag education have until March 1, 2023, to apply for the Agriculture Student Scholarship.

The scholarship awards $10,000 in prize money – one winner receives $4,000, and three other applicants will receive $2,000 each.

“The agriculture industry is full of opportunity for the next generation of students,” David Marit, Saskatchewan’s ag minister, said in a statement. “This scholarship is an investment in the bright minds of our province and ensures the sustainability of the sector.”

Applicants must submit a three-minute video or 1,000-word essay and a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, ag industry or community leader.

The video or essay must focus on the contest’s theme.

This year’s theme is “farming and the environment.”

“Students are encouraged to explore the idea of environmental sustainability within farming and the importance of public perception on modern farming practices,” the contest says. “Applicants should focus on progressive environmental practices conducted by producers and the importance of relaying that message to the public to enhance trust in the industry.”

A review committee will evaluate the submissions, and the winners will be announced in May 2023.

Emily Sebastian won the $4,000 prize in 2022 with her submission discussing how farmers and ranchers can communicate with consumers in a transparent manner.

She’ll be using the prize to further her education at the University of Saskatchewan at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Multiple ag scholarships are available to students across Canada.

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada has the list.

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