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Monsanto awards ag scholarships

Sept. 24, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - Sixty-seven graduating high school students from farm families across Canada are starting off the school year a little richer after receiving a $1,500 entrance scholarship from the Monsanto Fund.

The 2013 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program awarded a total of $100,500 in scholarship funding to students pursuing studies in agriculture or an agricultural-related field - up from the $93,000 awarded to 62 student winners in 2012. Since first launching its scholarship program in 1991, the Monsanto Fund, and Monsanto Canada, has provided well over $1.5 million to hundreds of rural students who have chosen to study agriculture and pursue careers in the agricultural sector.

The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program received over 190 applications from rural students across the country this year, up from approximately 160 applications received in 2012. 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 would you like to work and why?"

The 2013 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship winners are all Grade 12 graduates from farm families who are enrolled in a first-year degree or diploma program in agriculture or an agricultural-related field this fall at a recognized Canadian educational institution. 2013 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship winners:

Duncan Brooke, Harrison Mills, BC
Brianna Elliot, Rock Creek, BC
Alexandra Hayes, Canyon, BC
Erin Anderson, Scandia, AB
Shaylene Braun, New Norway, AB
Gerene Cole, Coronation, AB
Colby Harty, Etzikom, AB
Larissa Lupul, Foisy, AB
Jade Marshall, Innisfail, AB
Kathleen Murphy, Lacombe, AB
Lee Noble, Manning, AB
Moniek Okkema, Vermilion, AB
Alex Ostergard, Drumheller, AB
Seanna Pashulka, St. Paul, AB
Laci Schmidt, Wetaskiwin, AB
Bayley Blackwell, Dinsmore, SK
Taylor Borowetz, Hudson Bay, SK
Bethany Harland, Frenchman Butte, SK
Anique Josuttes, Paradise Hill, SK
Dylan Knittig, Annaheim, SK
Samantha McKee, Turtleford, SK
Mackenzie Mueller, Humboldt, SK
Victoria Nameth, Cupar, SK
Jonathan Neigum, Unity, SK
Anne Nerbas, Waseca, SK
Allie Noble, Mossbank, SK
Halayna Tetrault, Spiritwood, SK
Jacqueline Toews, Glaslyn, SK
Lindsay Wells, Glaslyn, SK
Bailey Wilson, Tugaske, SK
Emily Boonstra, Marquette, MB
Nicholas Claeys, Cypress River, MB
Thomas (Rigby) DeVos, Fork River, MB
Carlene Dmytriw, Minnedosa, MB
Alison Greaves, Miniota, MB
Laura McDowell, Deleau, MB
Beatriz (Jimena) Montenegro, Kenton, MB
Erik Neilsen, Starbuck, MB
Alanna Orsak, Binscarth, MB
Amy Pizzey, Binscarth, MB
Jordan Robertson, Treherne, MB
Courtney Smith, Rorketon, MB
Raina Syrnyk, Ethelbert, MB
Katelyn Ayers, Orillia, ON
Dennis Catt, St. Thomas, ON
Carmen Continisio, Beamsville, ON
Vanessa Crowley, Hastings, ON
Emma Drake, Beaverton, ON
Samantha Farquharson, Mt. Brydges, ON
Tanja Gaehwiler, New Liskeard, ON
Allison Goetheyn, Dresden, ON
Marinda Gras, Granton, ON
Maria Knap, Clinton, ON
Shannon Langridge, Picton, ON
Brendan McDougall, Smithville, ON
Katelyn O'Neil, Denfield, ON
Henry Prinzen, Jarvis, ON
Deanna Ringelberg, Troy, ON
Samantha Brazel, St-Isidore-de-Clifton, QC
Shelby Drew, Canton-de-Hatley, QC
Olivier Marquis, St-Alexandre-de-Kam, QC
Jeremie Messerli, St-Andre-d'Argenteuil, QC
David Michaud, St-Andre-de Kamouraska, QC
Kasadee Allan, Glassville, NB
Berdina Bakker, Killoween, NB
Alana Bent, Lawrencetown, NS
Jillian Bent, Middleton, NS