Your future in agriculture is waiting for you. The possibilities are endless, so dream big and thinkAG!
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture awards a grand-prize scholarship of $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships of $2,000 for students who thinkAG. The 2016 winning scholarship was available to students in Grade 12 and recent graduates entering agriculture-related post-secondary studies this year. Applicants had to produce a three-minute creative video or write a well-researched, fact-based 1,000-word essay that highlights agriculture’s stewardship story. This is the sixth year the scholarships have been awarded.
Grand-Prize Scholarship winner, Sheldon Daniel
Sheldon knew his entire life he wanted to work in agriculture.
“It kind of becomes part of you, there was never a question about it,” he said.
The Avonlea School graduate is the recipient of the grand-prize scholarship of $4,000, which will go toward his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources this fall.
His video entitled, “The Effect of Technology on the Agricultural Industry”, explained how creative and innovative technological advancements can help the agricultural industry and a growing population.
This past October, he represented Saskatchewan at the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. While there, he learned more about the technological aspects of agriculture. Sheldon also worked at a local farm equipment dealership specializing in precision agriculture. These experiences provided the inspiration for his video submission.
The 18-year-old didn’t need to go far to film it. He just stepped out the kitchen door and onto his family’s mixed farm in Avonlea where his video shows him flying a drone, wearing a beekeeping suit and stating the rationale behind the use of more technology in agriculture.
In the future, Sheldon sees himself still farming with his dad, but also growing his eight-hive beekeeping operation into a business with his three friends and partners.
View Sheldon's winning video
Autumn Lawson’s essay inspiration came from the conversations she’s been hearing at 4-H, on the farm and in her rural community of Rose Valley.
Her essay explained that the environment is vital to agriculture and that it is everyone’s responsibility to care for the land and resources to ensure they are available for future generations.
Autumn is pursuing agriculture as a career because she believes the field has a lot of growth opportunities and the potential to make a difference in the world. She turns 18 in September and sees herself working on the corporate side of agriculture in the future. She also would like to have her own sheep operation.
At only 17, Kaitlyn Kitzan has already been taking advantage of opportunities in agriculture.
She was one of two Saskatchewan students sent by the Ministry of Agriculture to attend the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Iowa last October. This summer, she will be representing Saskatchewan agriculture on a Junior Team Canada Trade Mission to China.
Her video submission described her farm’s environmental success story, with numerous examples highlighting her family’s sustainable farming methods. Growing up on a cattle and grain farm has deeply influenced her passion for food security and agriculture. In the future, she hopes to be working toward creating global food security, promoting agriculture awareness and international trade.
Hailey Harms has always been passionate about large animals.
The 18-year-old is from a horse and cattle farm outside of Prince Albert. She has always had a desire to work with animals.
Her video submission explains that for the agriculture industry to be sustainable, young people need to consider the vast opportunities available to them—as she has already done. She wants to become a veterinarian and open a large animal clinic in her home community to make it easier for people in that area to access veterinary care for their animals.
Congratulations to Sheldon, Autumn, Kaitlyn and Hailey.
Details for the 2017 Agriculture Student Scholarship will be announced in October 2016 – Stay tuned!