This Scholarship was made possible as a result of a donation made on behalf of the
Manitoba Farm Women's Conference held annually in November.
Scholarship value is $500
The Scholarship is being administered by the Red River Exhibition Foundation Inc., and may be used for assistance with tuition fees, tools or learning aides in conjunction with post secondary education by a rural Manitoban student who will be studying agriculture or any field that supports rural life.
2022 Scholarship Winner: Brookelyn McRae
I am studying engineering at the University of British Columbia. This past term I participated in a design competition where teams were challenged to design and prototype an innovation that benefits the environment. I used computer-automated design and drafting skills to make a product that protects plants from frost. My team was a finalist in the competition. I grew up on a family farm learning how to drive tractors and take care of plants. This love for the environment and growing food encourages me to advance the agriculture industry with my degree. I plan to continue to help out on my farm and work in crop science.
2021 Scholarship Winner: Emily Robb
Growing up in rural Southwestern Manitoba near Alexander, Emily has deep agricultural roots originating on her grandparents’ mixed farming operation during her early years. Becoming involved in 4-H, Emily has now been a member for eight (8) years and counting. She is currently a Youth Director on the Manitoba 4-H Council Board of Directors and the Manitoban Representative on 4-H Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee. Presently, Emily is a passionate second-year Agroecology student at the University of Manitoba; she holds strong ideologies in food insecurity mitigation, delivering agricultural education, reducing ecosystem degradation, and strengthening food system resiliency. Outside of her studies, she is the President of the University of Manitoba Future Leaders 4-H Club, the Vice-Stick External on the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Students’ Association, a teaching assistant within the agriculture faculty, and a faculty ambassador for student recruitment and engagement. During summers, Emily works for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in crop pathology, and she is excited to explore her future in Canadian agriculture and leadership!
2020 Scholarship Winner: Johnathan Holtmann
Johnathan Holtmann was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm, Rosser Holsteins Ltd, in Rosser MB. He has assisted the calf feeding team, worked in the milking parlour, operated the baler, swath merger, grain cart and silage pile packer tractor, as well as assisted with a variety of tasks to maintain and repair machinery, buildings and yards. Growing up on his family farm has taught him a variety of skills and given him useful knowledge. Which have aided his development for a strong work ethic, problem solving skills, and the ability to work with others and independently as well. Johnathan says these skills have been instrumental in helping him be a confident leader, basketball coach, volunteer, and committee member, all of which help enrich his community. Johnathan's career goal is to be an elementary school teacher. He wants to impact the lives of the students and be someone they can connect with and look up to. His ultimate goal is to teach in a small rural community as he values a strong sense of community.
2019 Scholarship Winner: Cayla Pow
According to Cayla Pow, beef farming is her life. She loves it and lives for it. Her family has owned a farm for her entire life. Cayla recognizes that beef cows are often both frustration and exhausting, but in a way, refreshing! She says that you always have to be on your toes, or you never know when you could get trampled! As a youngster, when Cayla's friends would ask her to get together, she could often tell them she was busy, even if she wasn't, just so she could continue to work on the farm. She loved it that much. She is looking forward to pursuing her love of farming even further as she attends the Animal Science program at Lakeland College. She is a volunteer at the curling rink where she works in the canteen and helps out at community events, often serving and cleaning up in the kitchen. Carol Dalgarno MFWC committee presenting Cayla her scholarship.
2018 Scholarship Winner: Kate Le Texier from Fisher Branch
I grew up on a grain and forage seed farm near Fisher Branch, Manitoba. I am currently in my second year of studying Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. This summer I'm working at an agricultural research center doing plot research on various crops such as wheat, soybeans, quinoa and peas. After finishing my exams this spring, I was able to purchase 8 chickens and refurbish the old coop on our farm, where they are happily laying. I’m grateful for my rural upbringing and the knowledge and life skills it has given me. I hope to be able to return to a rural community to work once I have completed my schooling.