Students from Farm Families Earn $1,500 Monsanto Fund Post-Secondary Scholarships to Pursue Agricultural Education

Students from Farm Families Earn $1,500 Monsanto Fund Post-Secondary 
Scholarships to Pursue Agricultural Education 
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/24/13 -- Sixty-seven (67)
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 has a strong commitment to rural communities and
rural education, particularly in the areas of science and math," said
Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto
Canada. "The scholarship program is one way we can encourage students
to consider studies in agricultural sciences, and hopefully a future
career in our industry. It's great to see these students committing
to agriculture and expressing a desire to stay connected to their
roots, as it will strengthen our business and our industry in the
long-term."  
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.  
The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program is administered
independent of the Monsanto Fund by the not-for-profit, charitable
group - Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. All scholarship
applications were reviewed by an independent, external judging panel
comprised of: Robert Bulman, director of brand management for
Qualico; Sue Clayton, community liaison coordinator with the Faculty
of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba;
Ellen Pruden, education and promotion manager with Manitoba Canola
Growers Association; Delaney Ross Burtnack, president and chief
executive officer of the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers
(CAAR); and program administrator Johanne Ross, executive director,
of Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. 
"It is rewarding to assist in administering the scholarships to such
deserving students and get a glimpse of the incredible skills and
talents they will bring to the industry," said Ross. "Reading the
student essays really drives home what impact agriculture has already
had on their lives. They recognize the dynamic and diverse
opportunities that will be available to them and they are very
motivated to become a part of this industry and contribute in so many
different ways."  
Details on the launch of the 2014 Monsanto Fund Opportunity
Scholarship Program will be released in February 2014 and will also
be available online at www.monsanto.ca. 
About the Monsanto Fund  
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is
a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the
communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and
work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org. 
About Monsanto Canada  
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of
the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an
agricultural company and a leading global provider of
technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve
farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on
enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more
from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and
our commitments at www.monsanto.ca. 
NOTE: The complete list of Monsanto Canada 2013 Monsanto Fund
Opportunity Scholarship winners, by province, is included below. 
2013 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Winners 


 
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BRITISH COLUMBIA                        ALBERTA                             
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Duncan Brooke      Harrison Mills, BC   Erin Anderson      Scandia, AB      
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Brianna Elliot     Rock Creek, BC       Shaylene Braun     New Norway, AB   
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Alexandra Hayes    Canyon, BC           Gerene Cole        Coronation, AB   
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                                        Colby Harty        Etzikom, AB      
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                                        Larissa Lupul      Foisy, AB        
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                                        Jade Marshall      Innisfail, AB    
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SASKATCHEWAN                            Kathleen Murphy    Lacombe, AB      
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Bayley Blackwell   Dinsmore, SK         Lee Noble          Manning, AB      
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Taylor Borowetz    Hudson Bay, SK       Moniek Okkema      Vermilion, AB    
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Bethany Harland    Frenchman Butte, SK  Alex Ostergard     Drumheller, AB   
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Anique Josuttes    Paradise Hill, SK    Seanna Pashulka    St. Paul, AB     
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Dylan Knittig      Annaheim, SK         Laci Schmidt       Wetaskiwin, AB   
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Samantha McKee     Turtleford, SK                                           
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Mackenzie Mueller  Humboldt, SK         MANITOBA                            
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Victoria Nameth    Cupar, SK            Emily Boonstra     Marquette, MB    
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Jonathan Neigum    Unity, SK            Nicholas Claeys    Cypress River, MB
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Anne Nerbas        Waseca, SK           Thomas (Rigby)     Fork River, MB   
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Allie Noble        Mossbank, SK         Carlene Dmytriw    Minnedosa, MB    
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Halayna Tetrault   Spiritwood, SK       Alison Greaves     Miniota, MB      
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Jacqueline Toews   Glaslyn, SK          Laura McDowell     Deleau, MB       
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Lindsay Wells      Glaslyn, SK          Beatriz (Jimena)   Kenton, MB       
                                        Montenegro                          
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Bailey Wilson      Tugaske, SK          Erik Nielsen       Starbuck, MB     
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                                        Alanna Orsak       Binscarth, MB    
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                                        Amy Pizzey         Binscarth, MB    
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                                        Jordan Robertson   Treherne, MB     
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                                        Courtney Smith     Rorketon, MB     
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                                        Raina Syrnyk       Ethelbert, MB    
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ONTARIO                               QUEBEC                                
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Katelyn Ayers       Orillia, ON       Samantha Brazel   St-Isidore-de-      
                                                        Clifton, QC         
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Dennis Catt         St. Thomas, ON    Shelby Drew       Canton-de-Hatley, QC
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Carmen Continisio   Beamsville, ON    Olivier Marquis   St-Alexandre-de-Kam,
                                                        QC                  
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Vanessa Crowley     Hastings, ON      Jeremie Messerli  St-Andre-           
                                                        d'Argenteuil, QC    
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Emma Drake          Beaverton, ON     David Michaud     St-Andre-de         
                                                        Kamouraska, QC      
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Samantha            Mt. Brydges, ON                                         
Farquharson                                                                 
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Tanja Gaehwiler     New Liskeard, ON  MARITIMES                             
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Allison Goetheyn    Dresden, ON       Kasadee Allan     Glassville, NB      
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Marinda Gras        Granton, ON       Berdina Bakker    Killoween, NB       
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Maria Knap          Clinton, ON       Alana Bent        Lawrencetown, NS    
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Shannon Langridge   Picton, ON        Jillian Bent      Middleton, NS       
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Brendan McDougall   Smithville, ON                                          
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Katelyn O'Neil      Denfield, ON                                            
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Henry Prinzen       Jarvis, ON                                              
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Deanna Ringelberg   Troy, ON                                                
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Contacts:
Monsanto Canada
Trish Jordan
(204) 985-1005
www.monsanto.ca
 
 
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