Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, is now accepting applications for the Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Fund Scholarship program.
The Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Scholarship encourages the pursuit of higher education in any area of study that will benefit agriculture or agri-food and supports the development of future leaders in these areas.
“We believe and value the importance of building, defending and promoting an inclusive, innovative, and sustainable business environment that enables our agricultural community members the opportunity to prosper,” said Brendan Byrne, chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our core values are based on our commitment to elevate and support our community using every possible available resource that can help each individual succeed.”
The Legacy Scholarship is open to students accepted or enrolled in any accredited post-secondary College or University program. Proof of College/University enrollment is required when applying.
Up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 per recipient will be awarded towards the individual’s studies and cost of school. Up to five of those scholarships may be awarded to students pursuing non-agriculture specific studies.
- Must be an Ontario resident
- Recipients are only eligible for one bursary in their lifetime
- Students must be in a full-time program
- Students must be attending an accredited College or University
- Students are eligible during any point of their studies
Scholarship applicants are required to submit a resume and a 500-to-1,000-word essay explaining why they are applying for the scholarship and how their area of study and career goals will benefit the future of the agriculture and/or agri-food industries in Ontario.
Deadline to apply is August 31, 2022.
What is the Legacy Fund?
The Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Fund provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the organization to reimagine and reinvest in the sector. When the Grain Farmers of Ontario Wheat Marketing was eliminated, changes in regulations allowed for the transition of the wheat marketing fund into the Grain Farmers of Ontario Legacy Fund. The original wheat marketing fund was formed using contributions from existing assets from the three founding organizations (Ontario Wheat Producers’ Marketing Board, Ontario Corn Producers’ Association, and Ontario Soybean Growers).