2020 Program Guidelines
By assisting young people in their pursuit of a college or university education in agriculture or food, we are investing in their future careers – and in the future of agriculture and food production in Canada.
Number, Value and Duration of Scholarships
Up to sixty-five (65) scholarships will be available at the bachelor or diploma level. These scholarships are valued at $1,500 CAD, tenable for one academic year.
Eligible applicants must:
- Have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status in Canada as of the application deadline date. Be planning to enter in full time studies in a first-year bachelor degree or diploma program.
- There is no minimum cumulative average required*. Non-academic courses such as career or personal development related courses will not be considered.
*Universities Canada’s policy on calculation of average has been developed in consultation with university and college admissions and financial aid officers from across the country. There is enormous diversity amongst the applicants for this scholarship program. The applicants come from different geographical regions and have reached various levels of studies. Furthermore, and of great significance, is the fact that the grading systems differ among educational institutions. It is Universities Canada’s policy to calculate the academic average of applicants so that it reflects an academically well-rounded individual, while recognizing the differences in the programs of study. For this purpose, the most recent, followed by the highest available grades of four courses will be considered. In the case of high school transcripts, the following categories will be considered: Language, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Sciences. Six courses are chosen for each applicant, with no more than two in each category. If there are not enough available courses, the calculation of academic average may be based on four or five courses.
Canadian educational institutions which have recognized degree/diploma-granting powers, or their affiliates (e.g. universities, colleges/CEGEPs -technical diploma).
Field of Study/Program Requirements
- Restricted to agriculture, food science and culinary programs of studies as accepted by Bayer Fund.
- Program must be of a minimum two-year duration.
- University preparatory programs in any jurisdiction are not eligible (e.g. CEGEPs -pre-university diploma).Conditions /Restrictions
Conditions / Restrictions
- Students who have commenced their post-secondary studies in January are eligible for the summer competition of the same year.
- Students must use the scholarship in the academic year for which it is awarded.
Scholarship Partners Canada, a division of Universities Canada, administers the scholarship program on behalf of Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada Universities Canada’s mandate is to facilitate the development of public policy on higher education and to encourage cooperation among universities and governments, industry, communities, and institutions in other countries. Universities Canada is associated with leading firms in nearly every sector of the economy through its provision of scholarship services and management of more than 130 different scholarship programs on behalf of corporations, government agencies and private foundations throughout North America. For additional information, please visit www.univcan.ca.
Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada retains the right to change and/or end the sponsorship of the scholarship plan without notice.
The selection of scholarship recipients is made by independent committee representatives chosen by Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada. Once complete, the selection committee’s decision is irrevocable.
- Quality and relevance of the essay to the program objective.
- Leadership and contribution to the field of agriculture as demonstrated through the volunteer/community involvement and/or extracurricular activities in agriculture.
- Strength and relevance of the reference letters.
- Academic performance.
All applicants will receive confirmation by email of the results of the selection process, once available.
Successful applicants will receive confirmation of their scholarship in September. Recipients will be required to complete the online scholarship acceptance process and forward any required documentation such as the proof of registration from the educational institution they will be attending, as well the Publicity Release Authorization Form. It is the responsibility of the recipient to keep Universities Canada informed of any changes to their contact information through the online portal.
- Scholarship payment(s) will only be issued upon completion of the scholarship acceptance process and review and acceptance of all required supporting documentation by Universities Canada.
- Universities Canada will forward payment of the scholarship to the educational institution on behalf of Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that payment of tuition fees is made within the defined timeframe set by the educational institution regardless of the timing of the scholarship payment.
- Payment by the institution to the student will be made in accordance with the normal practice of the educational institution.
- Note that, depending on method of payment, receipt of payment can take 6-8 weeks following the applicant’s acceptance of the award.
- Submit an online application by visiting https:/portal.scholarshippartners.ca
- Applicants must complete the application process as instructed online.
- The application must be submitted to Universities Canada no later than the application deadline of 1:00 PM EST, June 10, 2020.
- All supporting documentation must be received by 1:00 PM June 10, 2020.
- Documents will be reviewed by Scholarship Partners Canada staff to ensure all requirements have been met.
- Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email following processing by Universities Canada.
- It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all supporting documents have been received and accepted by visiting https:/portal.scholarshippartners.ca to review their scholarship application status.
- Account maintenance will be conducted online.
The supporting documentation described below is required as part of this application. If any of these documents are not received and accepted, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated. Universities Canada will send a final follow-up email to the applicant by 4.30 pm (EST) on May 12, 2020 requesting any missing or incomplete required documentation. Any applicant submitting supporting documents after this date will not receive a follow-up email. Supporting documents must be received by Universities Canada on or before 1:00 PM EST June 10, 2020.
Letters of Reference
Each letter of reference must be written by separate individuals. All letters must be dated, typewritten, signed with an original non-electronic signature and include the reference’s contact information. The person writing the letter of reference should describe their relationship to the applicant in the letter. Reference letters must be dated within one (1) year of the supporting document deadline.
Letter of Reference
One letter of reference is required to support the application and must come from an individual who is not related to the applicant. The letter must come from someone who knows you well. The reference letter should highlight the skills and abilities that make you best qualified for the Scholarship.
Letter of Reference (Nomination Testimonial)
One letter of reference is required to support the application and must come from an individual who is not related to the applicant. The letter must come from a person who is a farmer or food professional in your community.
Provide an official transcript of the last three terms of available marks, that is, marks for the period of September 2018 to December 2019. If the applicant was not enrolled during this time, marks for the last three available terms will be accepted. A transcript will only be considered acceptable if it is presented on the official paper of the institution AND it bears the appropriate signature(s) and/or seal of the institution. Home school grades will only be accepted if they have been validated through a recognized, independent evaluation process. Transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, however an original copy may be requested at any time, in order to verify its authenticity.
Documents must be uploaded by submitting an online application or sent directly to the address below by 1:00 PM EST June 10, 2020.
Scholarship Partners Canada
Ref: Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program
1710-350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1R 1B1
Tel.: (613) 563-1236
Toll free: 1-844-567-1237
Fax: (613) 563-9745
PLEASE NOTE: If any of the application requirements noted above are not met, the application will be considered incomplete.