WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The future of agriculture is bright if the quality, dedication and enthusiasm of this year’s Opportunity Scholarship winners is any indication.  This group of students is starting their first year of post-secondary education and all look forward to having an impact on Canadian agriculture and food in the future.

Whether it’s pursuing a career as a farmer, agronomist, plant breeder, animal nutritionist, registered dietician or culinary professional, each of the 67 scholarship winners expressed a passion for the family farm and had a clear personal vision for how they would contribute to growing the future of Canadian agriculture.

As in previous years, each student is enrolled in a Canadian university or college this fall and will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover the costs associated with their education.

“As a company focused on advancing health and nutrition and working to shape agriculture through innovation, we are thrilled to see this impressive group of young people committed to education in agricultural and food sciences,” said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director with Bayer’s Crop Science Division in Canada. “I have no doubt these young people will continue to be successful and make meaningful contributions to our sector in the future for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”

Thousands of deserving students have received almost $2 million since the Canadian scholarship program was launched using corporate funds in 1991. Transition to the Monsanto Fund in 2012 has enabled more students to win scholarships due to consistent funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

All applications were reviewed by an independent judging panel that included: Robert Adamson, consultant and program director with Pembina Trails School Division; Danielle Maynard, strategic account manager, Bayer Canada – Crop Science Division; John Morriss, production editor for Country Guide West; Ellen Pruden, education and promotion manager for the Manitoba Canola Growers Association;  Johanne Ross, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada; and Kalynn Spain, recruitment, job placement and cooperative education coordinator with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Administered by Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. (AITC-M) for the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, the scholarship program received 140 applications from across Canada this year.

“It has been a tremendous experience for us to be involved with the Opportunity Scholarship Program,” said Sue Clayton, executive director of AITC-M. “When you read an awesome essay or a glowing reference letter it reminds you what incredible young people there are coming into our industry.  The future certainly looks bright for these students and Canadian agriculture.”

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of EUR 35.0 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.5 billion. For more information, go to www.bayer.ca.

NOTE: The complete list of 2018 Opportunity Scholarship winners, by province, is included below.

Contact:

Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director
204-985-1005
Trish.Jordan@Bayer.com

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2018 Opportunity Scholarship Winners

ALBERTA SASKATCHEWAN 
Cassandra Berreth-PictonGranum, ABLaura CarruthersFrenchman Butte, SK
Keyonna DerrStettler, ABRachel ChristensenWynyard, SK
Jonathan EricsonLacombe, ABBlake ChristmannCentral Butte, SK
Boyd GerowFort Saskatchewan, ABDaphnée FerlandMaryfield, SK
Alyanna GotardoLeduc, ABEmma HinzHumboldt, SK
Paxton HomeakGlenevis, ABJosie HuberWilkie, SK
Catelynn LewisWhitecourt, ABAnya IllingworthNorth Battleford, SK
Kathleen McHughHigh River, ABLandon JarmanClimax, SK
Maxwell MoffatRivercourse, ABMeagan KieloDelisle, SK
Brody NestorvichRed Deer County, ABKendyl MandziakKelliner, SK
Sarah TkachVeteran, ABTanesha NovakKuroki, SK
Kevin WitdouckIron Springs, ABRachel SutherlandBorden, SK
  Kennedy WardMortlach, SK
  Sarah WassillArborfield, SK
  Emily Zaleschuk


Alvena, SK
MANITOBA BRITISH COLUMBIA 
Victoria AdriaansenWellwood, MBWyatt ArmesWilliams Lake, BC
Cali BauereissDropmore, MBSarah KedvesVictoria, BC
Corinne BernardHaywood, MBJoanna PennerVanderhoof, BC
Caitlyn CarkenerBrandon, MBBonny YuSurrey, BC
Matthew FossayWoodlands, MB  
Courtney FunkMitchell, MB  
Kara GlorLorette, MB  
Theresa GuimondWoodmore, MB  
Hayley JenkinsThompson, MB  
Curtis JohnstonTeulon, MB  
John KirkupMelita, MB  
Kate LoeppkyNiverville, MB  
Russell PaulsLa Riviere, MB  
Leah RichardVirden, MB  
Kiera WortleyWinnipeg, MB  


ONTARIO MARITIMES 
Cindy AmmerlaanKenilworth, ONAdrian BentLawrencetown, NS
Gavin BradyCampbellcroft, ONWilliam CooperGreat Village, NS
Jordan BurnsArthur, ONLuke FisherBrookfield, NS
Jeremy ChevalleyMoose Creek, ONBevin MacLellanKensington, PE
Sarah DeanArnprior, ONKatie McAffeeLower Knoxford, NB
Alexandra DockxClear Creek, ON  
Kyle FarquharsonMount Brydges, ON  
Brooklyn HughesStayner, ON  
Zoë MasonBrampton, ON  
Michaela OttensWalkerton, ON  
Emma ReijmersDalkeith, ON  
Jordan RobinsonOsgoode, ON  
Sadie ScottLucknow, ON  
DeeAndra SkinnerCentralia, ON  
Grace SquireStayner, ON  
Matthew VanekDresden, ON