With more than 50,000 jobs in agriculture and agri-food across the province and more jobs predicted in the years to come, Saskatchewan's agricultural future is incredibly bright. Regardless of where your career interests lay, there are opportunities everywhere in this thriving and growing sector of the economy. It’s not just about farming; there are career options in research, processing, manufacturing, trades, finance and many more. Chances are there is a fit for you and your skills too.
In 2009, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture offered its first Agriculture Student Scholarship. In 2014, the program awarded four scholarships totalling $10,000 to students who thinkAG and show it by telling their stories about their passion for this world leading Saskatchewan industry.
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 (the past two years) in Saskatchewan who are planning to take agriculture-related post-secondary education beginning in the fall of 2015 are eligible to apply. We are looking for young people who thinkAG and plan to pursue an exciting career in the industry. Note: Ministry of Agriculture and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
How do I apply?
To apply, candidates must complete the Application Form and:
- Produce a three-minute creative video or write a well-researched fact-based 1,000-word essay that highlights career and entrepreneurial opportunities available in agriculture, as per the themes below. Applicants who provide a written submission are encouraged to include photos to support their submission;
- 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, 2015 and applicants have until April 1, 2015 to submit proof of enrollment. Applications can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are producing a video, you can either submit a link to a YouTube video or send the digital file.
What should my story be about?
Your story should be about your future in agriculture – whether it’s as a primary producer or a career in the agri-food industry. All stories must be based on one of the following themes:
- I want a career in agriculture because…” (Explain why you are pursuing a career in agriculture and your thoughts on the future of the industry).
- “My dream job in agriculture is…” (Describe your ideal agriculture job and explain what about that job is perfect for you).
- “Agriculture provides many different career paths including….” (Profile an individual with an exciting, interesting and/or unconventional career in agriculture).
Where can I look for some inspiration?
There are many people in Saskatchewan who thinkAG and are loud and proud in telling their story; check out the links below for some great videos. And check out the exciting careers profiled in our thinkAG catalogue - they will help inspire you to think big and thinkAG!
What is the evaluation process?
Videos and written submissions will be judged by a review committee base on their 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?
The Ministry will contact you by the end of April to notify you if you were selected as a scholarship recipient. The funds will be mailed to you upon receipt of your Proof of Enrollment in agriculture-related studies. This will be available through your post-secondary institute once you register for classes.
For more information:
Krystal Aulie, Provincial Agriculture Awareness Specialist
Regional Services Branch
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Rm 226 - 3085 Albert Street, Regina SK S4S 0B1