Scholarships to be Awarded in Recognition of Long Serving 4-H Leaders

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Manitoba 4-H Council Inc. is offering four scholarships, with a total value of $42,500, towards continuing education. These are available to current and former 4-H Manitoba members who must be between 18 and 30 years of age as of December 31, 2021, and have been enrolled in the program for a minimum of five years.

“We are pleased to be able to offer these new scholarships, not only to current 4-H members, but also to alumni who either deferred post-secondary education right after school or those looking to return to further studies,” said Candace Tolton, President of Manitoba 4-H Council. “We very much appreciate the investment made by the Manitoba government which will fund these annual awards.”

With over 100 years of youth development experience, the 4-H Program facilitates personal growth and enhances leadership skills which enable youth to become empowered community leaders. 4-H members of today are tomorrow’s future leaders. These new 4-H scholarships will allow our members and alumni to continue to develop the leadership skills they nurtured in their early years to help grow our communities and country.

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said, “The Manitoba Government recognizes the value the 4-H program provides for our youth all across Manitoba and we are pleased to invest $1 million to an endowment fund for long term support for scholarships.”

4-H Manitoba is proud to award the 2021 scholarships in honour and recognition of four of their longest serving leaders:

Fleurette Geirnaert of Mariapolis-Baldur 4-H Club – 48 years (deceased)
Rona Kamfoly of Ethelbert 4-H Club – 47 years
Rose Taylor of Rorketon 4-H Variety Club – 45 years
Margaret Buydens of Bruxelles 4-H Crew – 44 years

To apply, students must write an essay on how their education will enable them to take a future leadership role in agriculture, environmental sustainability or their community as a whole. Then, they must submit this, together with a summary of their 4-H and community involvement and career plans to the 4-H office in Brandon, either by email or Canada Post. A short-list of applicants will be selected for interview. Application forms are available for download at https://4h.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/4-H-Manitoba-Leaders-of-Tomorrow-Scholarship-Fund-Application_2021.pdf

The application deadline is July 16, 2021. The winners will be announced September 30, 2021

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