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Applications open for Monsanto scholarship program

Mar. 1, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - The 2013 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program is now open for applications. The program offers graduating grade 12 high school students from farm families the opportunity to capture one of 60 entrance scholarships valued at $1,500 to help fund their post-secondary education in agriculture or an agriculture-related field of study.

Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture at a recognized Canadian educational institution. Now entering its 23rd year in Canada, the scholarship program has awarded well over $1 million to thousands of deserving students since it was first introduced in Canada in 1991.

Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students must come from a family farm with confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture or an agriculture-related program at a Canadian educational institution;
  • Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in their rural community;
  • Students must submit a completed application form, which includes an essay that outlines what area of agriculture they would like to work in and why;
  • All completed application forms must be post-marked no later than May 24, 2013.

Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English are in the process of being distributed to high schools, 4-H Clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms and complete program details are also available from Monsanto's CustomCare line at 1-800-667-4944 or they can be accessed online at www.monsanto.ca.