Chrysler Foundation saddles up for 4-H scholarships

The Chrysler Foundation has teamed up with 4-H Canada to sponsor 100 scholarships valued at $1,000.

The Chrysler Foundation has teamed up with 4-H Canada to sponsor 100 scholarships valued at $1,000 each for 4-H members across the country.

The scholarships will 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 has an exceptional track record of developing confident Canadian leaders.

4-H youth from across Canada are eligible to apply for the scholarship. They must be: at least 16 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2013; a current 4-H member in good standing; in their final year of high school and have applied to a field of study in the arts, science or business of agriculture, or are 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.”

The scholarship application deadline is Jan. 15. Winners will be notified in March.