New Agricultural College Scholarship Program Announced
AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–New Agricultural College ScholarshipProgram Announced Students at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) whoconduct graduate research that benefits the province’sagriculture and agri-food industry are now eligible forscholarships. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chrisd’Entremont announced the new $500,000 scholarship program today,Sept. 3. The funding will provide up to 20 scholarships for master’sdegree and PhD students over the next four years at the Trurocollege. The two-year scholarships, which are valued at up to$30,000 for full-time students and $15,000 for part-timestudents, are being funded under Canada’s national agriculturalplan, the Agricultural Policy Framework. “These scholarships will have two important benefits,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “They will help these young researchers to developthe expertise they will need to meet the future needs of ouragriculture industry. The scholarships will also ensure thatresearch projects continue to help our industry become morecompetitive.” Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell said thescholarships will have an immediate and long-term impact. “These scholarships will not only provide our industry theopportunity to gain fresh ideas and insight through thesegraduate studies, but they will also encourage these students toconsider a career in the agriculture and agri-food industry,”said Mr. Mitchell. “This is an investment in the future of thesector.” NSAC president Philip Hicks called the graduate scholarships animportant part of capacity-building at the institution. “The incredible research capacity we have today is due in largepart to the increasing numbers of graduate students that havebeen attracted to our programs,” said Dr. Hicks. “Graduatestudents at NSAC are not only addressing the research needs ofour industry but are tackling other high-level research projectsas never before.” The scholarships will be based on academic excellence, leadershipabilities and significance of the proposed research in relationto its benefit to the agriculture sector in Nova Scotia. For more information see the website atwww.nsac.ns.ca/rgs/ .