Thanks to Canada’s rich agricultural history, the agriculture industry is full of scholarships just waiting to be picked by deserving undergraduate and post-graduate students who are pursuing their education in agriculture.
These are just a small sample of agriculture scholarships available in Canada – there are dozens more province-, region- and school-specific scholarships available, so check with your school and local agriculture-related organizations to see what else is on offer.
In addition, many agriculture companies offer scholarships in addition to job opportunities, so keep your eyes peeled for those while you’re searching for agriculture jobs!
Agriculture scholarships in Canada
Canadian International Farm Show ‘Youth in Agriculture’ Bursaries
The Canadian International Farm Show ‘Youth in Agriculture’ bursaries are designed to give back to the agricultural community by supporting the development of the next generation of agricultural leaders.
A $1,000 bursary will be awarded to a student currently in their first year of an agricultural-related program at an accredited Canadian university or college.
Applicants must be under 30, and show both academic achievement and financial need. Strong preference is given to applicants who demonstrate rural leadership or strong community involvement in organizations like the Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario.
Holstein Canada Education Awards
The Holstein Canada Education Awards provide six bursaries of $750 to regular or junior members of Holstein Canada (or the children of a member) who have completed at least one year of university or college (or Cégep in Québec) and can demonstrate farm involvement and relevant work experience, youth program involvement, relevant career choice and a strong scholastic record. There is one bursary available for students in Western Canada, two in Ontario, two in Quebec, and one in Atlantic Canada.
OYF Memorial Scholarship
The OYF Memorial Scholarship, provided by the Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program, was established in memory of the late Martin Streef – president of a family-run fresh fruit and vegetable business in Woodstock, Ontario – to help future generations of Canadians pursue their passion for agriculture. The $1,000 scholarship is open to any student in Canada pursuing post-secondary education leading to a diploma or degree in agriculture.
To apply, you must type a short one page essay based on a question related to Canada’s agriculture industry. Currently, the question is: “Why are you passionate about agriculture in Canada?”
Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship
In 1990, the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation created the Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship in honour of past-president and agri-finance leader, Douglas McRorie, who served as the Vice-President of Agriculture for the Royal Bank and was a well-respected agricultural leader in Canada.
Scholarships are awarded to agricultural post-graduates (two for masters-level students at $3,000 each and one for a PhD student at $5,000) majoring in agricultural business, economics, finance or trade.
Keith Gilmore Scholarships
The Keith Gilmore Scholarships, established in honour of Keith Gilmore, the late editor and publisher of The Canadian Hereford Digest for 30 years, are available in three categories:
- Up to two $2,500 scholarships are offered to individuals in a post-graduate degree program in agriculture, agricultural journalism and/or veterinary medicine at a recognized university, leading to a career in the field of agriculture.
- Up to four $2,000 scholarships are offered to individuals in an undergraduate degree program in agriculture, agricultural journalism and/or veterinary medicines (or pre-veterinary) at a recognized university leading to a career in the field of agriculture. The successful applicant will already have completed a minimum of one year in his or her major field of studies.
- Up to four $1,500 scholarships are offered to individuals enrolled in a recognized diploma program in agriculture, agricultural journalism and/or animal health technology leading to a career in the field of agriculture. The successful applicants will have already completed a minimum of one year in a diploma program.
Canadian Junior Hereford Association “Future of the Breed” Scholarship
The Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) will annually offer four $500 post-secondary scholarships to students who have made outstanding contributions to the Hereford industry.
To apply, you must be an active member of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association, and currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program or in your final year of high school. You will be judged on a number of criteria, including academic performance and commitment to the breed. Only major cow enthusiasts need apply!
Farm Management Canada Excellence Awards for Agricultural Students
Each year, Farm Management Canada collects submissions from agricultural students across Canada and awards three winners with $1,000 toward furthering your education in agriculture. The award is designed to help students develop your communication skills by having the opportunity to voice your opinion on a on a subject related to farm management.
To apply, you must submit a video response to a question post by Farm Management Canada. Currently, the question is: “Why is innovation an important aspect of a farm’s success? How can farm business management be innovative? Please provide examples.”
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