Lethbridge – Feb. 25, 2021 – Lethbridge & District Exhibition and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 agricultural scholarship awards. At a virtual award presentation earlier this evening, University of Lethbridge student Aaron Lorenz and University of Alberta student Brady Donkersgoed each received a $10,000 scholarship award to support their post-secondary studies in the field of agriculture. Agriculture and agri-business in southern Alberta are multibillion dollar industries.
“We wait with excitement for this night every year,” said Mike Warkentin, COO, Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “The opportunity to help shape the future leaders of the agriculture industry is something that is part of the fabric of Lethbridge & District Exhibition. Both recipients of this year’s scholarships are already incredible community members, and we look forward to them being ambassadors for both of our great organizations.”
“Congratulations to Aaron and Brady on being the 2021 agriculture scholarship award recipients,” said Bill Mains, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East president and member of the scholarship organizing committee. “This year marks an historic milestone for Rotary Club of Lethbridge East – 60 years of serving our community, and the world. Four of our founders were farmers and several others had careers in service industries. Our connection to agriculture remains as strong today as it was in the beginning; our entire scholarship committee, as well as several other club members, have roots or careers in agriculture. The agricultural scholarship is our latest partnership with the Lethbridge Exhibition.”
“We want to acknowledge everyone who submitted an application for this year’s scholarships,” said Wayne Lindwall, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East member and scholarship selection committee member. “We received 17 submission which were reviewed by a six-person selection committee. The calibre of the submissions was impressive and shows the future of agriculture in southern Alberta should be in good hands when these students enter the workforce.”
Each year, the AG Scholarship Committee (non-profit) raises thousands of dollars to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting local students in their pursuit of an agricultural career. The Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Agricultural $10,000 Scholarship(s) are southern Alberta’s most coveted awards for post-secondary undergraduate agriculture students.
A special thank you to the sponsors who helped make this year’s scholarship awards a reality:
• Witdouck Farms Ltd – 50/50 Partner
• University of Lethbridge – Agility Program & Dhillon School of Business – Silent Auction Partner
• Farm Credit Canada – Guest speaker partner
• Lethbridge Herald & Country 95.5 -Exclusive media partners
About Lethbridge & District Exhibition
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Aaron Lorenz, scholarship award recipient
Brady Donkersgoed, scholarship award recipient