Federated Co-operatives Limited announces 2016 Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients

Saskatoon, CANADA, 2015-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the support of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a new class of students are on their way to an exciting career in agriculture and the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

After submitting applications in the fall, four more students have been selected as Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients. The comprehensive scholarship provides students with up to $20,000 to fund their education, as well as paid summer internships and the opportunity to secure future employment — including a signing bonus — with a CRS member.

The 2016 Co-op Excellence in Ag recipients are:

  • Cameron Choquette (Kelvington, Sask.), a first-year student studying commerce at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Katie Wyering (Ponoka Alta.), a third-year student studying crop science at the University of Alberta.
  • Braden Koroscil (Birtle, Man.), a second-year student studying agronomy at the University of Manitoba.
  • Shanna Jones (Kinistino, Sask.), a second-year student studying agronomy and agribusiness at the University of Saskatchewan.

These students will receive scholarship money for the winter semester and begin working at Agro Centres in Western Canada this summer.

In-the-field experience

During internships, students work with real customers and are coached by experienced Co-op agronomists, Agro Managers and FCL Crop Supplies Team Members.

FCL and the CRS have now supported 17 students since the program’s inception in 2013. Two recipients have already graduated to full-time CRS careers: Tylene Rafa is an agronomist at South Country Co-op and Rebecca Joseph is an agronomist at Thorhild Co-op.

Co-op Excellence in Ag will accept applications for its 2017 program until Oct. 15, 2016. More information is available on Co-op Connection.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited