Bayer Fund to provide nearly $100,000 in scholarships to eligible Canadian high school students in 2019
Calgary, Alberta – Mar. 25, 2019 – Today, we are pleased to announce our continued support for Canadian students in their pursuit of higher education in an agricultural or food related field by offering nearly $100,000 in scholarships.
Sponsored by the philanthropic arm of Bayer, the Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program offers graduating grade 12 high school students the opportunity to secure one of 65 entrance scholarships valued at $1,500 to help fund post-secondary education in an agriculture or food-related field of study. Students will have until May 31, 2019 to submit their applications.
“Bayer has always been a strong supporter of STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as health and nutrition, and we are strongly committed to fostering future leaders in Canadian agriculture,” said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs lead with Bayer Crop Science. “Supporting young people and encouraging them to consider agriculture is important to the future growth of our company and the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.”
Whether seeking a diploma or degree in agriculture, food and nutrition, culinary arts or food safety, the criteria to apply for a Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship is:
- Students must have confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, an agriculture-related program or a food-related field of study at a Canadian educational institution;
- Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in giving back to their community;
- Students must submit a completed application and include an essay that outlines the future role they hope to play in agriculture or food and how they see themselves making an impact in the industry. They also must have a farmer or food-related professional provide a reference letter for them.
- All completed application forms must be post-marked no later than May 31, 2019.
Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and winning entries will be announced in September 2019.
Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English are in the process of being distributed to high schools, 4-H Clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms and complete program details are also available online at https://www.cropscience.bayer.ca/en/Our-Company/ScholarshipInformation
The Bayer Fund scholarship program has awarded close to $2 million to thousands of deserving students since it was first introduced in Canada in 1991.
About the Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.ca
Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director