At the recent Rimbey Jr./Sr. High School’s graduation ceremonies, former student Amy Mayner was presented with a number of awards, bursaries and scholarships including a substantial one from Monsanto Canada and another from the Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association (CAREA).
Mayner is currently enrolled at the University of Alberta in the BSc. in Agriculture program, majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with hopes of gaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
“My parents found an article in the newspaper about the National Monsanto Scholarship. Monsanto is an agricultural company that is involved in seeds and genomics and agricultural productivity,” she said. “I searched on the Internet and found that the scholarship is for Canadian high school students from farm families who plan to enroll at a Canadian educational institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agricultural sciences or forestry program.”
Applications were judged in the areas of academics, leadership, and community involvement. As well, there was an application essay on, in what area of agriculture or forestry would you like to work and why?
The scholarship of $1,500 awarded to Mayner was one of 70 that were issued by Monsanto across Canada and should be very helpful especially when considering her future short-term plans.
“When I have finished my education at the University of Alberta, I will be going to either Calgary or Saskatoon to attend university to become a veterinarian,” she said. “Once I have graduated, I would like to work in a mixed animal, rural practice.”
The CAREA scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Mayner by an independent selection committee based on the winner’s efforts in school and contributions to their communities.