Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

September 27, 2010 10:00 ET

Monsanto Hands Out $1,500 Scholarships to Farm Kids Pursuing Education in Agriculture

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - Forty-six (46) students from farm families who are pursuing studies in agriculture have each been awarded a scholarship valued at $1,500 compliments of Monsanto Canada's Opportunity Scholarship Program. 

The 2010 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program received over 170 applications from rural students across the country. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based on their academic performance, leadership capabilities and involvement in giving back to charitable or other service groups in their local communities. All applicants were also required to submit an application essay that answered the question, "In what area of agriculture or forestry would you like to work and why?"

Since its inception in 1991, Monsanto Canada has provided over $1.1 million to hundreds of rural kids who have chosen to study agriculture and pursue careers in the agricultural sector. 

"Supporting farm families and kids who want to study agriculture and hopefully pursue careers in agriculture is just one way we can give back to the farm customers and rural communities who help make our business successful," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "It is encouraging to see so many well-rounded and exceptional young people choosing agriculture as their field of study."

The 2010 Opportunity Scholarship winners are all high school graduates from a farm family who are enrolled in a first-year agriculture degree or diploma program at a recognized Canadian educational institution. 

This year's scholarship judging panel included: John Morriss, associate publisher and editorial director Farm Business Communications; Don Pincock, retired Monsanto Canada employee; Ellen Pruden, education and promotions coordinator with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association; and Johanne Ross, executive director, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.

The Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program is one component of Monsanto's larger corporate giving program which seeks out opportunities to support groups that have a direct connection to agriculture and rural communities, specifically those with a focus on science and agriculture education; agriculture awareness; leadership and development opportunities for rural youth and farm safety.

Details on the launch of the 2011 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program will be released in February 2011 and will also be available online at

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at

Monsanto Canada 2010
Opportunity Scholarship Winners
Mitchel Bos   Coaldale   Chantelle Blight   Foam Lake
Cameron de Wolf   Bow Island   Maryanne Callsen   Flaxcombe
Cassandra Holte   Amisk   Mary Fink   Vibank
Cara Noble   Manning   Stephen Froese   Waldheim
Rebecca Oudman   Taber   Kendra Laing   Gallivan
Brittany Smith   Fort Vermilion   Taylor Meszaros   Kipling
Rosie Templeton   Coaldale   Julie Romanowski   Unity
Shane Wagstaff   Trochu   Tess Strand   Preeceville
        Steven Tetreault   Leoville
        Allan Walter   Lampman
Rheal Boileau   Vassar   Dale Boeve   Abbotsford
Nicholas Bray   Eddystone   Gillian Piper   Dawson Creek
Cameron Claeys   Cypress River        
Bradley Ewanyshyn   Oakburn        
Richard Froese   Winkler        
Katie McNabb   Minnedosa        
Jordan Siemens   Horndean        
Amy Smith   Gladstone        
Joel Brodie   Brucefield   Simon Côté   St. Bruno
Stephanie Campbell   Chatham   Sheldon Grant   Elgin
Colleen Halpenny   Merrickville   Catherine Labrecque   St. Bernard de Beauce
Natasha Laverty   Orangeville   David Lefebvre   St. Ours
Craig LeRoy   St. Eugene   Mathieu Rouleau   St. Chrysostome
Brendan Louwagie   Mitchell        
Alan Nanne   Pakenham        
Amélie Sirois Leclerc   Embrun        
Chantal Stoop   Wainfleet        
Candice Van Laecke   Courtland        
David Newcombe   Port Williams, NS        
Rebecca O'Connell   Brookfield, NS        
Kevin Russell   Miramichi, NB        

Contact Information

  • Monsanto Canada
    Trish Jordan
    (204) 985-1005