Your future in agriculture is waiting for you. The possibilities are endless, so dream big and thinkAG!
Why should I apply?
Saskatchewan’s agriculture and agri-food industry is bursting with career opportunities —from production, research and processing to manufacturing, finance and everything in between. In fact, the industry accounts for over 50,000 jobs across the province and it continues to grow.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture offers the Agriculture Student Scholarship with one winning scholarship valued at $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000 each to students willing to speak up and tell the exciting story of agriculture.
Am I eligible?
Grade 12 students and recent high school graduates (within the past two years) in Saskatchewan who are planning to take agriculture-related post-secondary education beginning in the fall of 2017 are eligible to apply. We are looking for young people who thinkAG and plan to pursue an exciting career in the industry. Eligible applicants can attend any post-secondary institution that provides agriculture-related studies.
Note: Ministry of Agriculture and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
How do I apply?
Applicants must complete the Application Form and:
- Produce a creative three-minute video or write a well-researched 1,000 word essay sharing their food story.
- Provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary institution; and,
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, agriculture industry or community leader.
The application deadline is March 1, 2017 and applicants have until April 1, 2017 to submit proof of acceptance. Applications can be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Videos can either be submitted through a YouTube link or a copy of the digital file.
What should my application be about?
October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. It was a time to celebrate agriculture and share our stories about food and farming. The theme for the 2016 celebration was, Our Food Has a Story, presented an opportunity for all of us to tell the stories of how food produced on the farm gets to the table and the dedicated people it takes along the way to deliver healthy, affordable and safe products, sustainably.
Applications to the 2017 scholarship program should be based on the same theme: Our Food Has a Story. We each have our own personal connection with food, and we want to hear about yours. It could be about why you decided to pursue a career in the agriculture industry, how the lentils you grow on your farm are shipped to customers in India, how you have adopted technologies on your ranch to protect your livestock and the environment, or it could be about what you do to help others understand where their food comes from.
We encourage you to consider incorporating one of the following topics through your story:
- how what you will learn through your post-secondary education will shape your food story;
- how you are already sharing your food story; and
- how your experience on a farm, ranch, or in an agricultural food business creates a chapter in a food story.
Where can I look for some inspiration?
Not sure where to start? Check out these links for some great ideas!
What is the evaluation process?
Videos and written submissions will be judged by a review committee based on alignment with the themes provided, creativity and originality, professionalism and compliance with eligibility requirements.
The Ministry of Agriculture reserves the right to publish or promote all submissions as deemed appropriate. All personal information collected will not be used for any other purposes and will remain confidential.
What if I’m selected as a scholarship recipient?
Scholarship recipients will be contacted by the Ministry by the end of April 2017. The funds will be mailed to you upon receipt of your Proof of Enrollment in agriculture-related studies.