The Chrysler Foundation has teamed up with 4-H Canada to sponsor 100 scholarships valued at $1,000 each for 4-H members across Canada.
4-H scholarships provide opportunities for Canadian youth to further their education and expand their knowledge in support of the agriculture industry. Members also have opportunities to travel nationally and internationally on exchanges, participate in leadership conferences and apply for additional grants and awards. 4-H Canada works with all provinces to create clubs in local communities and develop confident Canadian leaders.
4-H youth from across Canada are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they meet the following criteria:
1. applicants must be at least 16 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2013;
2. a current 4-H member in good standing;
3. in their final year of high school and have applied to a field of study in the arts, science or business of agriculture;
4. currently enrolled in post-secondary school and studying arts, science or business of agriculture.
Applicants must submit a 500-word essay outlining “What does being a farmer mean to you?” as well as a letter of reference from a 4-H Club leader.
An online application form can be found at apply.4-h-canada.ca.
“This educational initiative supports the cornerstone of what 4-H is about,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “We are very fortunate that the Chrysler Foundation understands the importance of developing responsible and motivated young leaders in Canada. This investment truly embodies the spirit of 4-H leadership as it will have community impact from coast to coast.”
“In its 100-year history, this is the largest, one-year scholarship program that 4-H has rolled out,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO, Chrysler Canada. “The Chrysler Foundation and Ram Trucks are quite humbled to be able provide this many Canadian youth the opportunity to further their education and expand their knowledge in support of our vital agricultural industry. After all, Ram Truck’s ‘Year of the Farmer’ is not only about today’s farmers, but tomorrow’s as well.”
The scholarship deadline is Jan. 15, 2014, and scholarship winners will be notified in March 2014.