TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada have launched the National Youth Scholarship program where 16 scholarships totaling $80,000 will be awarded over two years to senior youth leaders. The program aims to advance important work in sustainability and educational pursuits in agriculture.
The Leadership Development pillars of 4-H Canada – Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, Science & Technology, the Environment & Healthy Living and Community Engagement & Communications – are all areas that are relevant and important to the current generation of youth, and aligns with the concerns of Canada’s government, global community and McDonald’s Canada.
“McDonald’s Canada wouldn’t be who we are today without Canadian farmers, ranchers and growers,” says Gemma Pryor, senior director, Canada Impact Team, McDonald’s Canada. “McDonald’s World Famous Fries come from 100 per cent Canadian potatoes. Our menu is filled with iconic burgers made from 100 per cent Canadian beef. Your favourite McMuffin always comes with a freshly cracked Canada Grade-A egg. And those are just a few examples. This new National Youth Scholarship program in partnership with 4-H Canada will help advance educational pursuits in agriculture across Canada and help support the next generation of Canadian farmers.”
“Through the generosity of McDonald’s Canada, we have an opportunity to empower youth leaders in achieving their educational goals,” says Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “This partnership ensures youth are given meaningful support to pursue studies to build a sustainable future, and explore subject matter important to them as global citizens.”