September 22, 2020

Canadian Students Receive $90,000 in Support from Bayer Fund’s Opportunity Scholarship

Calgary, AB (September 22, 2020) – Sixty (60) first-year college / university students had a little more hop in their step and $1,500 in their pockets as they headed back to school.

Oksana Iwanchysko from Dauphin, Manitoba, was one recipient of the 2020 Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship, who was selected based on her demonstrated academic achievement and leadership within her school and community. Like her fellow winners, she’s pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture and food-related disciplines.

“Being awarded the 2020 scholarship from Bayer truly means a lot to me and will help with my success during my undergraduate degree,” said Iwanchysko, who is studying agricultural sciences at the University of Manitoba. “I was thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of the Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship.”

Scholarship winners required a nomination from a farmer or food professional and wrote a short essay outlining the role they envision themselves playing in advancing Canadian agriculture in a sustainable way.

“Bayer has a strong commitment to agricultural communities, youth and developing future leaders in Canadian agriculture,” said Trish Jordan, senior business partner, government & industry affairs with Bayer Crop Science Canada. “For Canadian agriculture to continue to prosper and contribute positively to the Canadian economy, we need highly-educated and skilled young people to join our industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners—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 plan to return to the family farm after earning their degrees, while others are interested in careers as agronomists, plant breeders, veterinarians, marketers, salespeople, finance professionals, dietitians and chefs.

The 2020 Bayer Opportunity Scholarship Program was administered by Universities Canada’s Scholarship Partners Canada—the leading Canadian service provider in the field of scholarship management.

Thousands of deserving students have received over $2 million in scholarship funding since the Bayer Fund 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 2019, the Group employed around 104,000 people and had sales of 43.5 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.9 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.3 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.ca.

 

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For further information, contact:

 

Trish Jordan
Government & Industry Affairs

204-799-7696

trish.jordan@bayer.com

mediacanada@bayer.com

NOTE: The complete list of 2020 Opportunity Scholarship winners, by province, is included below.

 

2020 Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship Winners

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

Teagan Findlay

Canoe

Mackenzie Adams

Trochu

Hannah Peterson

Salmon Arm

Keely Airth

Cochrane

 

 

Reid Blashko

Sherwood Park

 

 

Katelyn Boratynec

Elk Point

 

 

McKinley Broderson

Turin

 

 

Kaitlyn Busson

Elmworth

 

 

Amanda Hardman

Stony Plain

 

 

Meaghan Heppner

Cochrane

 

 

Sydney Hranac

Lethbridge

 

 

Emma Knodel

Lethbridge County

 

 

Clayton Lehr

Redcliff

 

 

Shea McMahon

St. Albert

 

 

Sara Nixon

Ardrossan

 

 

Molly Severtson

Red Deer County

 

 

Julie Sharp

Lacombe

 

 

Tim Trenson

Rimbey

 

 

Hannah Whittal

Sturgeon County

 

 

Kailey Wirsta

Elk Point

 

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

Ethan Andres

Hepburn

Helen Born

Souris

Taryn Carlson

Melville

Lacey Calder

St. Malo

Lindsey Daniel

Avonlea

Taylor Carlson

Elm Creek

Gavin Fleck

Lampman

Ciarra De Laroque

Warren

Brodie Garratt

Milestone

Jennifer Fossay

Woodlands

Ellen Keys

Earl Grey

Pascal Hodel

Whitemouth

Tyson Krpan

Unity

Oksana Iwanchysko

Dauphin

Maria Marshall

Ituna

Mayson Jago

Manitou

Darby Meyer

Kerrobert

Mireille Krul

Winnipeg

Ty Nikolejsin

Weyburn

Matthew Pauls

La Riviere

Justin Wassill

Arborfield

Hanna Popp

Erickson

 

 

Jada Ricard

Baldur

 

 

Tavish Stockford

Altamont

 

 

 Foster Tolton

Kenton

 

ONTARIO

MARITIMES

Morgan Anderson

Ridgetown

Grace Ashworth

Anfield, New Brunswick

Jessica Brock

Staffa

 

 

Maggie Durnin

Goderich

 

 

Nicholas Gerrits

Wyoming

 

 

Braiden Hasson

East Garafraxa

 

 

Alexis Johnston

Listowel

 

 

Trinity Lowthian

Stittsville

 

 

Leila McBeth

London

 

 

Hanna Reid

Ridgetown

 

 

Katelyn Stewart

Douglas

 

 

Haleigh-Jo Teplate

Finch

 

 

Julianna Tindall

Uxbridge

 

 

Chris Tsementzis

Smithville

 

 

Noah Vander Kooi

Newmarket