October 02, 2019

Bayer Fund shares over $100,000 in funding with students through its Opportunity Scholarship Program

67 Canadian students pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture and food-related disciplines

Calgary, Oct. 1, 2019 – A new crop of students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture and food-related disciplines have started their studies with a bit of help from the Bayer Fund.

This year’s 67 winners were selected based on demonstrated academic achievement and leadership in their schools and communities. They were also required to secure a nomination from a farmer or food professional and write a short essay outlining the role they envision themselves playing in advancing Canadian agriculture in a sustainable way. Each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover the costs associated with their education.

“By assisting young people in their pursuit of a college or university education in agriculture or food, Bayer is investing in their future careers – and in the future of agriculture and food production in Canada,” said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director with Bayer’s Crop Science Division in Canada. “We will need the best and brightest minds to make meaningful contributions to our sector in the future for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”

The students – who come from both rural and urban regions across the country – have a wide variety of interests as they look to a future in Canadian agriculture and food.  Some want to return to the family farm after earning their degrees, while others are interested in careers as agronomists, plant breeders, veterinarians, marketing professionals, dietitians or chefs.

All applications were reviewed by an independent judging panel that included: Robert Adamson, consultant and program director with Pembina Trails School Division; Brigitte Burgoyne, communications specialist, Cargill;  Sue Clayton, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba; Kelly Funke, communications specialist, Cargill; Wendy Kramer, academic advisor – degree programs with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba and John Morriss, production editor for Country Guide West.

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

“We are honoured to partner with Bayer on this important program and be involved in selecting the scholarship winners,” said Sue Clayton, executive director of AITC-M. “The winning students already have impressive scholastic records and leadership achievements and we look forward to having them join our industry in the future.”

Thousands of deserving students have received over $2 million since the Canadian Opportunity Scholarship program 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.

About Bayer

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

 

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Contact:

 

Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director

204-985-1005

Trish.Jordan@Bayer.com

 

NOTE:  The complete list of 2019 Opportunity Scholarship winners, by province, is included below.

 

2019 Opportunity Scholarship Winners

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

ALBERTA

 

Kassi Archambault

Salmon Arm

Caryn Baxter

Whitecourt

Celina Chan

Richmond

Heidi Burrell

Sundre

Sarah MacDonald

Rock Creek

Reid Caukill

Red Deer County

Xin Lei (Selina) Su

Surrey

Luke Loman

Picture Butte

 

 

Alysia Medema

Fort Macleod

 

 

Reegan Molenaar

Picture Butte

 

 

Carson Neitz

Stettler

 

 

Esther Nooijen

Stettler

 

 

Ashley Owen

Wrentham

 

 

Allison Pudlowski

Morinville

 

 

Carter Reed

Delia

 

 

Courtney Taylor

Warner

 

 

Jacob Togstad

Beiseker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SASKATCHEWAN

 

MANITOBA

 

Skylar Ackerman

Chamberlain

Eric Bossuyt

Oak Bluff

Kelsey Acton

Ogema

Joryn Buchanan

Crystal City

Megan Anderson

Rosetown

Taylor Good

Hamiota

Clark Aylward

Carrot River

Kassidy Heapy

Oak River

Shelby Bygrove

Lloydminster

Shavaughn Jochum

St. Francois Xavier

Jenna Carnegie

Regina

Carter Kiel

Teulon

Caylee Dorval

Glaslyn

George Meggison

Goodlands

Kendall Junek

Esterhazy

Niomi Pantel

Baldur

Kyle Kirzinger

Viscount

Megan Perih

Dauphin

Morgan Lehmann

Rosthern

Benson Pizzey

Binscarth

Katherine Meagher

Assiniboia

Cayla Pow

Ridgeville

Shaylyn Novak

St. Walburg

Taylor Storoschuk

Stuartburn

Kelsey Roulston

Langenburg

Jaden Van Den Bussche

Treherne

Kaitlyn Sauser

Churchbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONTARIO

 

QUEBEC

 

Noelle Adams

Brantford

Laurie Campeau

St-Télesphore

Laura Benedict

Kerwood

Laurence Charbonneau

Montreal

Tyson Black

Foresters Falls

Alexandre Dion

Saint-Gervais

Kiel Coleman

Monkland

Andy Tessier

St-Eugène de Grantham

Quinn Driscoll

Seaforth

 

 

Eric Ferguson

Jerseyville

MARITIMES

 

Angela Friesen

Leamington

Allyson Briggs

Plaster Rock, NB

Vanessa Kloostra

Monkton

Wyatt Tompkins

Hartland, NB

Amira Mallem

Toronto

Maria Duynisveld

Wallace, NS

Kayla Peters

Brownsville

Emily Moxsom

Fort Ellis, NS

Johannes Reneker

Stratford

Brett Spencer

Great Village, NS

Janine Spichtig

Avonmore

 

 

Taylor VanderMeulen

Brighton

 

 

Thomas Zekveld

Bowmanville