Manitoba Beef Producers to offer six bursaries in 2018

Posted March 14, 2018

WINNIPEG  – Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2018.

The bursaries are available to MBP members, or their children, who are attending a university, college or other post-secondary institution. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy.

“Awarding these bursaries to our members and the children of our members is always a highlight of the year,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Ben E. Fox. “Each year these bursaries go to deserving recipients, many of whom have returned to their communities following graduation and made substantial contributions to rural Manitoba.”

Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2018 and be an active beef producer or the child of one. Applicants must use the bursary within two years of receiving it and the program they are attending must be at least one year in duration.

Interested students are required to submit an essay no more than 600 words in length discussing what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students are also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture.

Applicants must also submit either a high school or post-secondary transcript, proof of enrolment in a recognized institution, a list of their community involvement and three references. The application can be found at www.mbbeef.ca/producers/mbp-bursary/.  The winners are selected by a group of MBP directors. The names of applicants are redacted from the essays to ensure fairness in the selection process.

Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by June 1, 2018. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2018. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.