Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds Future Leaders Scholarship
Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds Scholarship
The Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds Committee, an alliance of all dairy breed associations in Ontario, is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship to assist youth in the dairy industry.
The Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds Future Leaders Scholarship was established to recognize the contribution of young people in the agricultural industry for their involvement, accomplishments and leadership achievements.
Potential applicants are students who have begun to take on positions of leadership within various organizations or clubs and who have also demonstrated commitment and shown potential for future achievement. Two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, will be awarded to applicants enrolled in a post-secondary agricultural or dairy apprenticeship program.
*Students must have successfully completed at least the first year of a university and/or college program and be enrolled in the following year.
Application Deadline: May 11th, 2017
2015 Winners Announced
Cambridge, ON, May 22, 2015 - The Ontario Dairy Joint Breeds Committee is excited to announce the recipients of their third annual Future Leaders Scholarship. Derek Van De Walle & Ava Doner are the winners of the $1000 scholarships. These are given to young people in the agricultural industry for their involvement, accomplishments and leadership achievements. The winners have begun to take on positions of leadership within various organizations and demonstrated an outstanding commitment and shown potential for future achievement.
These future leaders have focused their post-secondary education in the agricultural field as well as actively participate in community activities where they have taken on a leadership role.
Derek Van De Walle is from St. Mary’s and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program at University of Guelph as an Animal Science major. He has been an active member in the Kirkton Dairy 4-H Club since the age of 10, and has continued to lead in both community activities and university sports teams. Derek is the 2018 Graduating Class representative for the Student Federation of the Ontario Agriculture College(OAC) for 2014-15 and 2015-16. Derek has also become an avid breeder, after taking on the Vandeholm prefix. He has won 1st place in the 2014 Perth Breeder’s Cup. Derek owns a dozen purebred holsteins, housed at Avonbank Holsteins where he has worked for 5 years. Derek plans on going to the Ontario Veterinary College to become a bovine veterinarian after completing University.
Ava Doner has demonstrated that she is very passionate and committed to the dairy industry and it’s community through various 4-H activities. She has been a leader in both her school and community, dedicating countless hours to her role as Courtice Secondary School’s President to help make the school a better place. Ava plans on combining her two passions, the Dairy industry and teaching, after she finishes her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Guelph. She is aspiring to be a communications representative for an agriculture company or plans on visiting schools teaching the importance of agriculture.
The Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds is a committee that focuses on dairy youth activities and is funded by the Ontario Stockyards Fund that is administered by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors.