McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada have launched the National Youth Scholarship program, as a part of the next iteration of a relationship between two organizations.
The program includes sixteen scholarships, totalling up to $80,000 over two years, beginning in 2023. Candidates include senior youth leaders from across the country, focusing on advancing work in sustainability and educational pursuits in agriculture.
The Leadership Development Pillars of 4-H Canada — Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, Science & Technology, the Environment & Healthy Living, Community Engagement & Communications — are all areas that are incredibly relevant and important to the current generation of youth, and which align with the concerns of Canada’s government, global community, says McDonald’s Canada.
“McDonald’s Canada wouldn’t be who we are today without Canadian farmers, ranchers, and growers,” says Gemma Pryor, senior director of the Canada Impact Team at McDonald’s Canada. “This new National Youth Scholarship program in partnership with 4-H Canada will help advance educational pursuits in agriculture across Canada and help support the next generation of Canadian farmers.”
The McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada National Youth Scholarships will be awarded in 2023 and 2024. During this time, the partnership will also see McDonald’s Canada joining the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards as a Supporting Sponsor.
“Through the generosity of McDonald’s Canada, we have an opportunity to empower youth leaders in achieving their educational goals,” says Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “This partnership ensures youth are given meaningful support to pursue studies to build a sustainable future, and explore subject matter important to them as global citizens.”
The 4-H Canada website will be updated when scholarship applications open in 2023.