Kaitlyn Sauser of Churchbridge received runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000 through the Agriculture Student Scholarship program.
The award was officially released by Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit recently as they awarded four agriculture scholarships to students from across the province.
Sauser, in Grade 12 in Chruchbridge explained the scholarship required applicants to submit a video, or essay on the impact focused on the positive aspects of the sector.
Sauser, said she made a three-minute video focused on how the family cattle farm is part of the broader economy.
“I grew up on a cattle farm,” she said, adding the 100-head herd has been the focus of what is essentially a mixed farm operated by her parents Sheldon and Tamara Sauser.
While Sauser said she plans to head to the University of Saskatchewan in the fall to begin classes in agriculture business, she admitted it was not initially in her mind to go into agriculture.
“I never would have thought of myself in agriculture,” she told Yorkton This Week, adding she was leaning toward some business desk job.
But, a ‘career crawl’ changed her mind as it showed “how agriculture is going to be part of the future,” she said.
“It caught my eye,” she said, adding she came to recognize the a carer in the agriculture sector would match her interests well.
As for the scholarship, Sauser said it came as a surprise, adding she knew there would be lots of good application.
“I thought my video was a good work, but it was a surprise (to win),” she said.
In a release federal minister Bibeau; said, “By supporting our youth through programs like the Agriculture Student Scholarship, we are helping to secure a promising future for our industry. These innovative students will play an important part in telling the Canadian agricultural story… “
Mait echoed the same sentiments in the release.
“The 2019 scholarship winners’ submissions showed commitments to sustainable production, humane animal treatment and science-based decision making. It is encouraging to see how passionate our youth are about building a career in agriculture. They are a great voice for our industry.”
Caylee Dorval of Glaslyn, received $4,000 toward her agriculture-related post-secondary studies as the grand-prize winner of the 2019 Agriculture Student Scholarship. Dorval’s winning video submission discusses her role in the family ranch and her pride in the beef they raise.
“This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for young people to voice their agricultural ideas,” Dorval said in the release. “It was an interesting scholarship to apply for since you can be creative while showing your passion for agriculture. I am very thankful for this scholarship as it will help me to further my education in Animal Science.”
In addition to Sauser, Madison McNeil of Alameda, and Morgan Davey of Delisle, also received runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000 each.
The Agriculture Student Scholarship Program identifies young people who are advocates for agriculture and leverages their passion and ability to tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture.
For more information on the scholarship winners and their submissions, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/ag-public-trust.