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Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

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Bayer’s Commitment to Education

From sustainable agriculture practices to modern technology, Bayer Crop Science is focused on the future of the food production industry. 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.

That is why Bayer Crop Science Canada has a great scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture or a food-related field of study.

About the Opportunity Scholarship

Opportunity Scholarship $3,000 value

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship is available to Canadian high school students who are enrolled in their final year of high school as of June 8, 2023 and eligible to graduate from high school in 2023. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.

Up to 32 successful applicants will each be awarded a scholarship valued at $3,000, based on demonstrated academic standards and leadership in the community. Selection will be made by an independent panel.

Preference will be given to two (2) applicants of Canadian indigenous heritage.

If you have applied for entry into a college or university, but have not yet been accepted, you can still apply for the Opportunity Scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you must provide an acceptance letter from your educational institution.

How to Apply

2023 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.

The Scholarship

  • Up to Thirty-Two (32) scholarships will be available at the bachelor or diploma level.
  • These scholarships are valued at $3,000 CAD, available for one academic year.
  • Preference will be given to two (2) applicants of Canadian indigenous heritage.


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.

Eligible institutions:

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 Crop Science Canada.
  • 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

  • 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 (SPC), a division of Universities Canada, administers the scholarship program on behalf of Bayer CropScience Inc. 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

Bayer CropScience Inc. retains the right to change and/or end the sponsorship of the scholarship plan without notice.

Selection Process

The selection of scholarship recipients is made by independent committee representatives chosen by Bayer CropScience Inc. Once complete, the selection committee’s decision is irrevocable.

Evaluation criteria:

  • 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; and
  • Academic performance.

All applicants will receive confirmation by email of the results of the selection process, once available.

Successful Applicants

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 SPC.
  • 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.

Application Process

The student is considered the owner of the application and must be eligible for the scholarship according to the program guidelines. Please add to safe senders in your junk email options so that you continue to receive important messages from SPC.

  1. Submit an online application by visiting
  2. The application must be submitted to Universities Canada no later than the application deadline of 1:00 PM EST, June 8, 2023.
  3. Documents will be reviewed by SPC staff to ensure all requirements have been met.
  4. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email following processing by SPC.
  5. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all supporting documents have been received and accepted by visiting to review their scholarship application status.
  6. Account maintenance will be conducted online.

Supporting Documentation

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. SPC will send a final follow-up email to the applicant by 4:30 pm (EST) on June 6, 2023 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 8, 2023.

Letters of Reference

Two reference letters are required. Each letter of reference must be written by separate individuals who are not related to the applicant. All letters must be dated, typewritten, signed with an 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 (Personal reference)

One letter of reference 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 must come from a person who is a farmer or food professional in your community.


Provide a transcript of the last three terms of available marks, that is, marks for the period of September 2021 to December 2022. If the applicant was not enrolled during this time, marks for the last three available terms will be accepted. 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.

NOTE: Recognizing the impact of COVID-19, SPC will accept unofficial transcripts bearing the student’s name and date from student accounts where official transcripts are not available.

Documents must be uploaded by submitting an online application or sent directly to the email address below by 1:00 PM EST June 8, 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: If any of the requirements noted above are not met, the application will be considered incomplete. Deadline extensions will not be granted.


Scholarship Partners Canada
Ref: Bayer Crop Science 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

*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 among 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 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.

The Essay

About the Application Essay

Please provide an Application Essay between 300-500 words for the Selection Committee. Do not exceed this word count.

All Application Essays must be:
Arial font
10 point size
1.25" left and right margins

Essay Question:
"Canadian farmers play an important role in feeding the world in a sustainable way; what role will you play?"