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Dec 2015

U of S students receive the first Sask Wheat undergraduate scholarships

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four undergraduate students from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the annual Bean Feed event, which took place on November 20 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

The four students who each received the $2,500 Sask Wheat award included a second-year Crop Science major, a third-year Agronomy major, and two third-year Crop Science majors. The recipients of these scholarships were selected on academic merit as well as an essay based on wheat research. In their essays, the students were required to describe how an area of research has or could benefit the wheat sector while also describing a current challenge facing the wheat sector and how it may be addressed by research.

“The essays of the undergraduate scholarship recipients clearly indicate our agriculture students have an excellent understanding of the issues facing wheat producers,” said Bill Gehl, Sask Wheat Board Chair. “These students are the next generation of producers, researchers and industry leaders, and we want to see them involved in issues related to wheat production early on.

“Sask Wheat is proud to contribute to the high quality research at the University of Saskatchewan. We’re confident this investment in our future will benefit Saskatchewan’s wheat producers.”

Sask Wheat is producer-led organization that was established in 2013 to build a platform for growth in the province's wheat industry. Check-off dollars administered by Sask Wheat go toward research, market development and promotion initiatives to improve wheat varieties, grow their marketability and provide higher value to producers.

Sask Wheat will contribute $10,000 towards undergraduate scholarships and $100,000 towards graduate scholarships annually, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

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 For more information, contact:

Bill Gehl
Board Chair
Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
306-537-3899
bill.gehl@saskwheatcommission.com

 

Dallas Carpenter
Communications Manager
Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
306-220-7003
dallas.carpenter@saskwheatcommission.com

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