March 23, 2021
For Immediate Release
Elgin County Accepting Applications for the International Plowing Match Legacy Scholarship
Central Elgin, ON – The County of Elgin is now accepting applications for the 2021 International Plowing Match Legacy Scholarship.
The scholarship was approved in 2011 by a Committee formed by County Council, staff and members of the 2010 Elgin International Plowing Match to award a County female and male student a $2,500 grant each to assist them in their agriculturally-related studies in college or university. The scholarship is provided as a result of the generous support of legacy funds from the 2010 International Plowing Match hosted in Elgin County. The first scholarships were granted in 2012 and the ten-year term of the scholarship will be complete after 2021.
“The County of Elgin is pleased to be able to offer this scholarship in its tenth and final year,” said Elgin County Warden Tom Marks. “Agriculture is the foundation on which our County was built and it remains a vital part of our economy today. Technologies may change and evolve but our need for agriculture will not. The County is committed to encouraging the next generation of agricultural leaders and we have been proud to administer this scholarship over the past decade.”
“The International Plowing Match is a celebration of agriculture and rural life,” said Councillor Duncan McPhail, Mayor of West Elgin and Chairman of the 2010 Elgin International Plowing Match. “It was a great honour to host this event in Elgin County and be able to celebrate our agricultural heritage while showcasing our accomplishments. The planning and implementation of this event was a significant undertaking but everyone involved can be proud of the legacies achieved – one of which is this scholarship.”
In order to be eligible, applicants must be a resident of the County of Elgin or the City of St. Thomas, and must be enrolled and have completed at least one year in a post-secondary institution in Canada studying in a discipline related to agriculture. Examples of such programs include agricultural sciences, agri-business, agri-tourism, nutrition, earth sciences and food sciences. Applications will close on June 1st, 2021 at 4:30p.m.
For more information about eligibility criteria and a copy of the application visit www.elgincounty.ca/ipmscholarship.