Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship Announced

News release

December 2, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister, David Marit, announced that the 2020 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from students entering an agriculture-related post-secondary program.

The scholarship encourages constructive conversations about where our food comes from and how everyone along the value-chain, from the field to table, shares a role in shaping food production.

Students are invited to submit a creative three-minute video or 1,000-word essay sharing their food story. 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 2020.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.

Quotes

"Canada's youth play a critical role in the continued growth and prosperity of the agriculture sector. Our Government is proud to support initiatives such as the Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship that provide young student leaders with the boost they need to succeed in the agriculture sector."

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Our industry offers unique and exciting opportunities for our province's youth. Careers in agriculture are rewarding and challenging as we continue down a path of technological advancement and environmental sustainability."

- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

"Agriculture is my passion. The scholarship was an opportunity to kick-start my career in the ag industry. I'm excited to continue my education and to learn more about agriculture and food production in Saskatchewan."

- Caylee Dorval, winner of the 2019 scholarship

Quick facts

  • "Our Food Has a Story" was the theme of Agriculture Month 2019. It is designed to encourage people to share their food story, and engage in conversations about agriculture with the goal to generate consumer awareness of modern food production.

  • Grade 12 students or recent high school graduates (within the past two years) living in Saskatchewan who plan to take agriculture related post-secondary education beginning in the fall of 2020 are eligible to submit their applications.

  • The Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Program has been offered since 2010.

  • The Agriculture Student Scholarship Program is funded through the Public Trust pillar of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and supports the Awareness and Engagement pillars of the Ministry's Public Trust Strategy. The federal-provincial Partnership is a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.

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Contacts

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
justine.lesage@canada.ca
613-404-1168 (Cell)

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
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Charlotte McGraw
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Regina, Saskatchewan 
Charlotte.McGraw@gov.sk.ca
306-787-4031


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