The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has announced the largest monetary scholarship in its history. Starting in 2018, the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship fund will award $80,000 to ten Alberta rural farm youth, 25 years of age and younger, who have completed high school and are enrolled as a first-year student at an acknowledged post-secondary institution.
“At 4-H Alberta, we are all about youth and fostering the future leaders of our communities and Alberta. Providing scholarships is one of the many ways we are setting our members up for success. This is one of the reasons why we were beyond thrilled to increase the existing scholarship award monies to the highest paying scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history,” says Leah Jones, CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.
The scholarship is designed to help rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade. The following monetary amounts will be awarded in 2018:
- First place: one $20,000 scholarship
- Second place: one $15,000 scholarship
- Third place: one $10,000 scholarship
- Fourth to tenth place: seven $5,000 scholarships
The Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship will be an ongoing scholarship and will award $80,000 or more every year going forward.
“We are very grateful for the generous investment through the Hansen Ness estate bequest. It is because of the generosity of our community partners and donors that we are able to provide our outstanding 4-H Alberta Programs and that we have the opportunity to inspire, educate, and develop outstanding rural and urban youth, future leaders, and citizens,” adds Jones.
The application forms will be posted on the 4-H Alberta website on May 1, 2018, and the application deadline is June 30, 2018.