The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has awarded the Agriculture Student Scholarship since 2009. In 2015, the program awarded one winning scholarship valued at $4,000 and three-runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000.
These are the stories of the 2015 Agriculture Student Scholarship recipients and the passionate dreams they shared with us about their ideal futures in Saskatchewan’s booming agriculture industry.
2015 Grand Prize Winner: Morgan Heidecker (Middle Lake)
Morgan Heidecker wants to become a young leader in the agriculture industry because agriculture is a timeless industry with global possibilities.
“Agriculture is essential to our world’s survival and to questions about the sustainability of our planet,” Morgan said.
Morgan’s video submission won her the grand prize scholarship because she embodies the new, technologically-focused wave of agriculture professionals that will be needed to feed the growing global population.
“Agricultural technologies are always advancing. I’m particularly excited to see the new technologies that are already being developed to assist farmers with precision, efficiency and profitability,” Morgan said. “These will help us continue to feed the people of the world.”
In the fall, Morgan will be pursuing her dream of a career in agriculture by attending the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Runner-up: Shelby Evans (Kenaston)
Kenaston’s own Shelby Evans has a dream job that she is already proudly working towards. She wants to manage her parents’ family farm and purebred cattle business.
“We have about 175 purebred Charlois cow-calf pairs, 125 commercial pairs and about 2,500 acres of grain land,” Shelby said.
To contribute to the global food supply and still be a steward of sustainability is not easy work, and Shelby appreciates the importance of agribusiness professionals, especially in a family farm setting.
“I think there is really a lot of value in running a farm as a family, and the experiencing the success that you earn as a family, too,” Shelby said.
In the fall, Shelby will be pursuing her dream of becoming an independent agribusiness professional, attending the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Runner-up: Alyxandria Harland (Lloydminster)
Agriculture Student Scholarship runner-up Alyxandria Harland has a dream as big as the Saskatchewan sky. She wants to be veterinarian.
Veterinarians are responsible for the healthcare of animals, including: calculating medical dosages, mixing formulas, addressing nutritional and dietary concerns, tending to injuries, ensuring that animals are content, and, of course, working with the rapidly developing technology that is characteristic of modern Saskatchewan agriculture.
In the fall, Alyxandria will be pursuing her dream to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by attending the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Runner-up: Cassandra Maurer (Grenfell)
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Maurer wants to work with the new technologies that will be needed for agricultural advancement in the upcoming years, but also wants to be a producer now, for today’s market and population.
“Agriculture today is huge! It’s a dynamic industry and continues to employ more people every year. These jobs are not only in food production, but also in technological fields like engineering, mechanics, agronomy, mining for inputs and more conventional fields like finance, accounting, government, law and many other professions,” Cassandra said.
The United Nations estimates that by 2050 there will be 9.6 billion people on the planet. The global middle class is expected to increase from about two billion people today to 4.9 billion people by 2030.
That is why the world needs agricultural visionaries like Cassandra more than ever.
In the fall, Cassandra will be pursuing her dream of becoming a leader in the dynamic, technologically driven agriculture industry by attending Parkland College and studying to become an Agriculture Machinery Technician.