WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2014) - Thanks to the farmers who know them best, 65 rural high school graduates have received $1,500 scholarships from the Monsanto Fund to pursue a future in agriculture.

This was the first time in the 23-year history of the Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program that applicants were required to submit a nomination from a local farmer along with high school transcripts, general reference letter, lists of achievements, community involvement, and an essay explaining, "In what area of agriculture would you like to work and why?"

The 2014 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship winners are all Grade 12 graduates from farm families who are enrolled in a first-year degree or diploma program in agriculture or an agricultural-related field this fall at a recognized Canadian educational institution.

"I am so inspired by the quality of the applicants. It amazes me what these people have accomplished at such a young age," said Sue Clayton, community liaison coordinator with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba, one of the program judges. "It made for some terribly difficult decisions for the judges, but it made us marvel at what the future of agriculture holds."

All applications were reviewed by an independent judging panel comprised of: Clayton; Robert Adamson, consultant and program director with Pembina Trails School Division; Delaney Ross Burtnack, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR); Don Pincock, Monsanto Canada retiree, Geeta Chopra, account executive with Think Shift Inc., and John Morriss, associate publisher and editorial director with Farm Business Communications.
Administered on behalf of the Monsanto Fund by Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. (AITC-M), the scholarship program received 173 applications from across Canada this year.

"It is a privilege to partner with Monsanto Canada and the Monsanto Fund as they provide scholarships to deserving students. The future of agriculture is dependent on bright and energetic young people who will shape the next generation of food production," said Johanne Ross, executive director of AITC-M. "The fact that someone farming today also sees the potential in these kids and believes in them tells us we're on the right track and should continue building agriculture awareness and understanding in young students."

Details on the launch of the 2015 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program will be released in February 2015 and will also be available online at

About the Monsanto Fund

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NOTE: The complete list of 2014 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship winners, by province, is included below.

2014 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Winners

Ashley Gilliland Delta, BC Brooke Bablitz Cherhill, AB
Rayden Shannon Knutsford, BC Donald Bertagnolli Rocky Mountain House, AB
Hannah Storoschuk Williams Lake, BC Ashley Bodie Coaldale, AB
Mackenzie Brummelhuis Vauxhall, AB
Myles Butt Hughenden, AB
Riley Coppock Castor, AB
SASKATCHEWAN Kyle Dodgson Sangudo, AB
Braden Adam MacNutt, SK Melanie Krupa Vimy, AB
Madison Boon Maryfield, SK Lee Morey Rochester, AB
Audra Cooper West Bend, SK Molly Rainforth Lacombe, AB
Kayla Domashovitz Cando, SK
Amanda Fedorchuk Norquay, SK
Sara Grassick Prince Albert, SK
Robyn Kary Vibank, SK MANITOBA
Jeremy Lacroix Tisdale, SK Julie Campbell Isabella, MB
Josée Monvoisin Gravelbourg, SK Stephanie Dousselaere Cartwright, MB
Kaylee Morris Delisle, SK Joseph Holtmann Rosser, MB
Bailey Ogilvie Ardath, SK Tomina Jackson Inglis, MB
Michelle Ross Grenfell, SK Monique Janssen Brunkild, MB
Chelsey Schoepp Grenfell, SK Elliott Kiel Teulon, MB
Kendall Scott Nipawin, SK Zachary Koscielny Strathclair, MB
Heather Sorestad Buchanan, SK Brayden Kreshewski Minnedosa, MB
Karleigh Lewis Gladstone, MB
Sonya Michaleski Ashville, MB
Melanie Mueller Arnaud, MB
Jake Rawluk Moosehorn, MB
Rianna Tonn Plumas, MB
Bradley Wright MacGregor, MB
Murray Bruce Woodstock, ON Véronique Coté St-Anaclet, QC
Michaela Chalmers Oro-Medonte, ON Jasmin Fréchette Ste-Brigitte-des-Saults, QC
Colleen Crunican Denfield, ON Olivier Lanoie St-Hugues, QC
Joel Fox Wooler, ON Anne Schmidlin Lemieux, QC
Emma Gilchrist Orillia, ON Renaud St-Amour Aumond, QC
Brent Griffith Dresden, ON
Jenna Jarvis Rainy River, ON MARITIMES
Michael Jenkins Belmont, ON Jonathan Bent Lawrencetown, NS
Derek Karn Woodstock, ON Connor Morse Kingston, NS
Kelvin Knip Lucan, ON Sydney Naugler Blockhouse, NS
Brandon Knott Clarksburg, ON
Colette Koopman Vanessa, ON
Alexander Sanders Brussels, ON
Emily Van Bommel Thamesford, ON
Derek Van De Walle St. Marys, ON

Contact Information:

Kelly Funke
Monsanto Canada
(204) 985-1035